Solstice MFA Announces Commencement Speaker Jessica Hagedorn

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that acclaimed multi-genre writer Jessica Hagedorn will serve as commencement speaker for its January, 2011 graduation ceremony. The commencement—open to Solstice graduates, family members, friends, and members of the press—will take place Saturday, January 8, at 5 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill.

Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include Dream Jungle, The Gangster of Love, and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is also the author of Danger and Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose; and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World. Her plays include Most Wanted, The Heaven Trilogy, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters. She is the University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Her new novel, Toxicology, will be published by Viking Penguin in 2011.