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[Chestnut Hill, MA, April 2013]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that Alejandro Ramirez, a student entering the program in its creative nonfiction concentration, has been awarded the 2013 Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices. Mr. Ramirez will be joining the MFA Program beginning with the summer 2013 residency.

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

Alejandro Ramirez is of Nicaraguan, Lithuanian, and Irish heritage; cultural issues surrounding ethnicity often influence his writing. A graduate of Emmanuel College, where he served as President of the college’s Multicultural Club in his senior year, Alejandro’s work has been published in Imitation Fruit; Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices; and Defunct Magazine.  In addition to creative writing, Alejandro is a freelance journalist enjoys covering local politics–particularly issues affecting Latinos and underserved communities in the Boston area–as well as music, video games, and social media. On the subject of winning the Hope Fellowship, Alejandro had this to say: “It’s an honor to receive the Lee Hope Fellowship. This award will always remind me to keep my voice unique and honest, and to stay aware that there are many other diverse voices and minds as I engage in conversation.”


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.



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