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[Chestnut Hill, MA, May 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that Cassandra Wright, a student entering the program in the writing for children and young adult’s concentration, has been awarded the 2012 Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices. Ms. Wright will be joining the MFA Program beginning with the summer 2012 residency.

The Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices is offered once annually to a promising writer of diverse background who starts the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program during the summer residency/fall semester.

A founding supporter of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Lee Hope Betcher serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. The Institute is an informal “sister” organization to Pine Manor’s MFA Program.

Cassandra Wright is a recent graduate of Mount Mary College’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is also a long-time employee of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is currently working as a program coordinator/manager in in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. While attending Mount Mary College, she participated in the “Writing Out Loud,” reading series, where she shared excerpts of her work for young readers. Cassandra is currently working on a young-adult novel about a young African American boy coming of age in the inner city and grappling with societal injustice. She resides in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with her son, Royall.


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 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.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at

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