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[Chestnut Hill, MA, October 2013] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce the publication of MFA Program Director Meg Kearney’s first picture book, Trouper, about the rescue of a three-legged black Lab from a shelter in Puerto Rico. (Scholastic)

Trouper, a three-legged stray dog, narrates the story of his life to his new owner in this compelling, beautifully illustrated book based on a true rescue story.–Kirkus

The fictional Trouper narrates his version of events in verse, telling his young owner about “the before time” when he “ran with a mob of mutts.” After a dogcatcher captures the strays and locks them in cages at the pound, Trouper’s pals are adopted one by one, until he is the only dog left (“My heart was a cold, starless night—/ until your face/ shone through the bars/ like a mini sun”). Caldecott Honor illustrator E.B. Lewis’ lifelike watercolor portraits, provide a sure sense of the dog’s indefatigable spirit.–Publisher’s Weekly

Meg Kearney is Founding Director of the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. For eleven years prior to joining Pine Manor, she was Associate Director of the National Book Foundation (sponsor of the National Book Awards) in New York City. She also taught poetry at the New School University. Meg’s most recent collection of poems for adults, Home By Now (Four Way Books, 2009), was winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award; it was also a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. The title poem of Home By Now was included in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems: American Places anthology (Viking Penguin 2011). Meg’s first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published by BOA Editions Ltd. in 2001, and is still in print. She is author of two novels in verse for teens: The Secret of Me (Persea Books 2005) and its sequel, The Girl in the Mirror (Persea Books 2012). Her story “Chalk” appears in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories (Persea 2012).


As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

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