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[Chestnut Hill, MA, March, 2015] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce two new faculty members: creative nonfiction writer and poet Randall Horton, and young-adult and children’s writer Renée Watson. Mr. Horton and Ms. Watson will begin teaching fiction at Solstice in July, 2015.

Poet, fiction writer, and creative nonfiction writer Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry Award and, most recently, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. His essays have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, the International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry & Race. His Hook: A Memoir is forthcoming from Augury Books in fall 2015. His latest poetry collection, Pitch Dark Anarchy, was selected by Beltway Poetry Quarterly as a Best Book of 2013. With an MFA from Chicago State University and a PhD in Literature from SUNY Albany, Randall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven.

Renée Watson is the author of This Side of Home(Bloomsbury 2015) and Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills (Random House 2012). Her work has received several honors, including an NAACP ImageAwardnomination in Children’s Literature. Her novel, What Momma Left Me,(Bloomsbury 2010), was hailed as the New Voice for 2010 in middle-gradefiction. Her one woman show, “Roses are Red Women are Blue,” debuted atLincolnCenter at a showcase for emerging artists. One of Renée’s passions is using the arts to helpyouth cope with trauma and discuss social issues. Her picture book, A PlaceWhere Hurricanes Happen (Random House, 2010), is based on poetry workshops she facilitatedwith childrenin New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and was featuredon NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Renée has worked as a writer in residence forseveral years teaching creative writing and theater in public schools and communitycenters throughout the nation. She has taught college courses on writing forchildren as AdelphiUniversity and University of New Haven. Her articles onteaching and arts education have been published in Rethinking Schools andOregon English Journal. Renée has given lectures and talks at many renownedplaces, including theUnited Nations Headquarters and the Library of Congress.She grew up in Portland, Oregon and currently lives in New York City. For more information about Renée visit

About Pine Manor College

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.

For Release: IMMEDIATELY Contact: Tanya Whiton, Associate Director, (617) 731-7697


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