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[Chestnut Hill, MA, May 2014]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that poetry student Lisa Sullivan has been awarded the first annual Kurt Brown Fellowship.

This Fellowship is sponsored by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices in honor of its late poetry editor, the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown. In Kurt’s honor, the literary magazine—a sister publication of the Solstice MFA Program—offers this $1,000 Fellowship yearly to an MFA applicant (in any genre) who has published in the magazine. This award is funded by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices and Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown, Kurt Brown’s wife and a faculty member of the Solstice MFA Program.

Solstice:  A Magazine of Diverse Voices is an independent nonprofit with an informal sisterly connection with the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing.

Lisa Sullivan is a poet and visual artist whose work has appeared in Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, The Chaffey Review, Third Wednesday, and Puckerbrush Review, among other journals. Her art exhibit, Wings, a collection of North American bird studies in colored pencils, was displayed at Massachusetts Audubon’s North River Wildlife Sanctuary in April–May 2012. In May 2013, she was a recipient of an Adrian Tinsley Program Creative Grant which funded her writing of a poetry chapbook, The Childless Mother and Other Poems, and her collaboration —with photographers, Glenn and Judy Pollock, and poet, Professor Emeritus John Pollock— on an ekphrastic poetry/photography exhibit, Every Picture Tells a Poem, which was featured in art galleries across Massachusetts from 2011 through 2013.

Poet, editor, and translator Kurt Brown was the author of six poetry collections: Return of the Prodigals, More Things in Heaven and Earth, Fables from the Ark, Future Ship, From Here, and Time-Bound. He edited several anthologies, including Drive, They Said: Poems about Americans and Their Cars; Verse & Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics; and co-edited Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews and Conversation Pieces: Poems that Talk to Other Poems. He also edited a book of essays, The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science, and was co-translator, with his wife Laure-Anne Bosselaar, of The Plural of Happiness: Selected Poems of Herman de Coninck. A collected volume of his work, I’ve Come This Far to Say Hello: Poems Selected and New, is now available from Tiger Bark Press.


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.



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