[Chestnut Hill, MA, October 2014] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its Dennis Lehane and Sharon Olds Fellowship winners for the 2015 winter/spring semester. Fellowship recipients each receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition. For more information about Solstice MFA Program Fellowships, go to: https://www.pmc.edu/mfa-financial-aid.
2015 Sharon Olds Poetry Fellowship winner Colleen DeCourcy recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. About receiving the fellowship, Colleen had this to say: “I am grateful to receive the Sharon Olds Fellowship, not only for helping me reach my academic goals, but for the confidence it gives me in my work as I move forward with future projects. Working toward my MFA is an essential step for me and I am excited to have the opportunity to study at Pine Manor this spring. I send my deepest thanks to the Solstice faculty and community.”
2015 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellowship winner Alexa Hudson has been writing since she was young, but writing became a true practice when she left Wesleyan University for a job in Alaska in her early twenties. Writing synthesized new experiences of place and community. With a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Utah, Alexa also explores non-linear time in her short stories. In addition to fiction, Alexa writes non-fiction about rock climbing, alpine climbing, and women in extreme sports. She will be published in Rock & Ice Magazine this November. Alexa is thrilled to join the Solstice community this winter, and cannot wait for school to begin.
ABOUT SOLSTICE & 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.