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[Chestnut Hill, MA, June 2018] The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to welcome special guests —along with writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg— for its summer 2018 residency, to be held July 6–15, 2018. Each guest will teach a class, give a talk, and/or give a public reading; many classes are open to auditors for a nominal fee. Readings are FREE and open to the public, and will be held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. See the full reading series schedule below. For full guest bios, go to: 

Michael Steinberg is a memoirist, personal essayist, and founding editor of the literary journal, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. He will give a public reading on Sunday, July 8, and teach a class on “One Story, Two Narrators in Creative Nonfiction & Fiction (including YA)” on Monday, July 9.

Lulu Delacre is the author of 37 titles including her bilingual picture book ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest. She will teach a class on “Leaving Room for the Pictures in Picture Books” and give a public on Thursday, July 12. Her course is open to auditors.

Sharon Dolin is author of six poetry books, including Manual for Living and Heart Work. She received the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress in 2013, chosen by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She will teach a class on “Syntax as Revision in Poems” and give a public reading on Monday, July 9. This course is open to auditors.

Linda Nemec Foster is the co-author of The Lake Michigan Mermaid with Solstice faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen. Linda also has 10 collections of poetry as well as numerous other publications. She will give a public reading and co-teach a class on “Partnered Writing” with Anne-Marie Oomen on Friday, July 13, and lead a session called “How to Start & Run a Reading Series” on Saturday, July 14.  

Sophie Goldstein is graphic novelist, illustrator, and comics instructor. Her most recent book, House of Women, is a collection of the award-winning self-published mini-comic series. On Tuesday, July 10, she will teach a course on “World Building in Comics & Graphic Narratives”. Sophie will give her reading on Monday, July 9. Her course is open to auditors.

Natalie Graham is the author of Begin with a Failed Body, winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She will give a reading for the public on Thursday, July 12.

Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving and Through the Veil, a memoir-in-essays of the years she lived in the Middle East. She will give a public reading on Wednesday, July 11 and teach a class on “Artifact as Axis in Creative Nonfiction”.

Veera Hiranandani’s historical YA novel The Night Diary was recently a New York Times Editor’s Choice pick and featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.  She will teach a class on “Characterization in YA Fiction” and give a public reading on Monday, July 9.

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of multiple memoirs including Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”). He has two poetry collections: Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. He will teach a class on “The Lyric Essay” and give a public reading on Sunday, July 8. This course is open to auditors.

Laurie Stone is the author of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She has written for the Village Voice, was theater critic for The Nation, and was critic-at-large on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” She will teach a class on “The Seductive First Sentence in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction” and give a public reading on Monday, July 9.

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His first collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You, appeared in November 2017. He will teach a class on “The Pitch” and give a reading on Friday, July 13.

Solstice MFA Summer Reading Series July 2018

Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Assistant Mira Singer; Program Assistant Director Beth Little (2016 winner of SCBWI Mag. Merit Honor for YA Review piece); David Yoo (The Detention Club & The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever); Iain Haley
Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize).

Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Program Director Meg Kearney (Home by Now & When You Never Said Goodbye); Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper, Alia Waking, & Marked); & Steve Huff (Blissful & Other Stories & A Fire in the Hill).

Sunday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.:
Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge & A Few Perfect Hours); Writer-in-Residence Mike Steinberg (founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction; author of Still Pitching); & special guest Stephen Kuusisto (memoirs Planet of the Blind & Eavesdropping).

Monday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guests: Sophie Goldstein (graphic novelist – House of Women & The Oven), Veera Hiranandani (The Night Diary & The Whole Story of Half a Girl), Laurie Stone (My Life as an Animal, Stories), & Sharon Dolin (Manual for Living & Whirlwind).

Tuesday, July 10 at 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.:
Graduating Student Reading I:  Kris Casey, Josephine Arrowood-Ross, Stephen Harnish, & Konner Jebb.

Wednesday, July 11 at 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading II:  Eric McCollom, Kat Andberg, & Quintin Collins.

Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Lisa Ohlen Harris (The Fifth Season), Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade & Suitcase City); & Randall Horton (Pitch Dark Anarchy & Hook: A Memoir).

Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Lulu Delacre (¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! & Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos); Renée Watson (This Side of Home & Piecing Me Together); special guest Cave Canem Poet Natalie Graham (Begin with a Failed Body).

Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Tim Tomlinson (This is Not Happening To You); Anne-Marie Oomen (Love, Sex, & 4H & The Lake Michigan Mermaid); special guest Linda Nemec Foster (The Lake Michigan Mermaid & Talking Diamonds) & Laure-Anne Bosselaar (The Hour Between Dog and Wolf & A New Hunger).


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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