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News For October 2019

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Solstice at Boston Book Fest 2019

Come see us at Boston Book Fest Oct. 19 from 10-5 p.m. We'll be in Copley Square. Stop by our booth to learn more about the program. Additionally, you can make donations to our Writers Helping Writers Fund, as well as purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the scholarship fund.      

Solstice MFA Fellowships available! Apply now! 

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program offers five fellowships for prospective students who want to start in our program this winter:   

  • The Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction
  • The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction
  • The Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent
  • The Martin B. Bernstein Fellowship for Poetry
  • The Francis L. Toner Fellowship for Veterans
These Fellowships provide $1,000 toward first semester tuition for five students. Applicants who want to be considered for a Fellowship should submit a general application form no later than Oct. 28, 2019.

Writers Helping Writers Campaign

The writing community spans countries, genres, ages, and more. What binds us all are the connections we form as we grow through our dedication to writing craft. Along the way, we acquire many tools to evolve our writing, and this knowledge thrives because of the company in which we learn them, as well as how we support each other in our shared dreams. As part of its commitment to nurturing all of the voices of America toward such aspirations, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program—working in tandem with the Solstice Alumni Association—offers Writers Helping Writers scholarships to qualified students. 

To facilitate our goal, we seek to raise $5,000 for the Writers Helping Writers scholarships. These funds support students entering the MFA Program in spring and fall 2020, with ten $500 scholarships awarded. 

Samantha Cooke, a scholarship recipient and writing for young people student, had this to say about it: 

Receiving the Writers Helping Writers scholarship with The Solstice MFA Program was one of the driving forces that helped me commit to Solstice! While the award itself was nice, receiving the award was more about the community that Solstice helps writers foster and how important a strong and supportive community is, especially when entering what can be a stressful time in any writer and student's life. 

Donate to our fundraiser today. Also, join us Nov. 17, 2019, at the Arts at the Armory Café in Somerville, MA, for our Reading & Raffle featuring members of our community.




Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Cervena Barva Poetry Series, Arts for the Armory, Room B8, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts. $5.00 admission, refreshments served.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will read from her novel The Off Season, which is recently out in paperback, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5:00 p.m., at East End Books, 389 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657. Check here for more information.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3:00 p.m. as part of the New England Poetry Club Reading Series, at the Center for the Arts at the Armory Café, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be co-hosting “When Life Hands You Lemons…Pink LemonAID” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at Ventress Memorial Library, 1837 Ocean Street, Marshfield, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public. Poems/stories to be read will include those by faculty member Kathleen Aguero, graduate Beth Richards, and graduate Jac Que Lyn.


Writer-in-Residence Renée Watson will read on Oct. 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 Southwest Pine Street, Sherwood, Oregon, 97140.


Consulting writer Jacqueline Woodson will read on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike #14, Nashville, Tennessee, 37215. 


Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Friday, Oct. 18, from 7:00–8:30 p.m. as part of “Prose and Poetry,” at Brattleboro Literary Festival, First Baptist Church, Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont. Free and open to the public.   

West Virginia

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will read on Friday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the West Virginia Book Festival Reading & Discussion of Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility in Conference Room 216 at The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, 200 Lee Street E, Charleston, West Virginia.


Student and graduate Lisa Allen discussed anthologies with host Dave Carson and Librarian Helen Hokanson on the Johnson County Library's weekly podcast.

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “Self Portrait as a River” was published in Anchor Magazine, issue 11, and a version of “Self-Portrait as a Sunrise” was published in Molecule.  

Assistant Director Quintin Collins' poem "Reynolds-Wrapped Leftovers" appeared in issue three of The Hellebore.

Student Dustin Grinnell published a memoir piece, “Keeping the Channel Open,” with The Good Men Project. A shortened version of his critical thesis, “How Fiction Heals,” has been accepted for publication in the fall 2020 issue of The Awakenings Review.

Director Meg Kearney's poem "Cormorant," which originally appeared in Tar River Poetry, appeared on Verse Daily.

Graduate Alison McLennan's historical novel, Ophelia's War: Dangerous Mercy, will be published by Five Star Cengage on Oct. 16.

Image by Alison McLennan

 Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky and Jeff Friedman’s co-translation from the Polish of Misczyslaw Jastrun’s poem, “Sculpture” is currently featured in Guernica.

 Consulting writer Mike Steinberg's new book Elegy for Ebbets: Baseball On and Off the Diamond was published by Pint-Sized Publications.

Image by Pint-Sized Publications

Writer-in-Residence Renée Watson's new book Some Places More Than Others was published by Bloomsbury.

Image by Bloomsbury
Consulting writer Jacqueline Woodson's new book Red at the Bone was published by Penguin Random House.

Image by Penguin Random House



Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will attend the Highlights Foundation Working Poets Retreat facilitated by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard, Thursday, Oct. 17–Sunday, Oct. 20 at The Highlights Foundation, 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will present on Monday, Oct. 7, at 4:00 p.m. as part of a reading and panel discussion Envisioning Ukrainian Literature 2019: Versions and Demarcations, Part II. 1201 International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 W 118th Street, New York, New York. Free and open to the public.

Consulting writer Jacqueline Woodson's TED Talk, originally presented at the TED2019 Conference in April 2019, was published. Check it out here:


“Against this backdrop of being threatened with death for holding onto a narrative, our stories didn't die because there is yet another story beneath that one.” 


Graduate and student Lisa Allen has started a Kansas City chapter of Women Who Submit. WWS seeks to empower women writers by creating physical and virtual spaces for sharing information, supporting and encouraging submissions to literary journals, and clarifying the submission and publication process. The first meeting was held on Sept. 28, 2019, and meetings are planned twice per month going forward. For more information, email Lisa at


The Infatuation, a voice-driven restaurant and bar review site with a global presence that launched in Boston last year, is a rapidly expanding and seeks a Boston staff writer. There are very few full-time writing gigs out there, and this one comes with some great perks, mainly really flexible hours a huge budget to dine out all over Boston. View the job posting to apply.

Maximum Tilt, an anthology of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, is now open for submissions for our second volume. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to support the Writers Helping Writers Scholarship Fund. Volume Two is a themed issue, focusing on “Please and Thank You.” What do we mean when we say please? We’re looking for work that explores the distance between “Bitch, please,” and “Please pass the salt,” or between telling your spouse “Would you just please stop,” and saying “Yes, please,” to a server offering more wine. “Thanks for coming” has triplicate meanings in the receiving line at a book signing, a wedding, or a funeral. “Thank you” can convey genuine gratitude or gratuitous snark. We’d love to read stories, poems, essays, or hybrid/graphic works probing the nuances of sarcasm and sincerity when we say thank you. We are curious not only about the spaces theses platitudes occupy in the world but also the places from whence they emanate. And above all, we value creativity and craft. Send your best work to us and we will treat it with care and compassion and, we hope, share it with the world. Submissions are open until Oct. 15, 2019, so get to it. Please. And thank you. Email us if you have questions.

Poets in Pajamas, a Sundress Publications reading series, is putting together the slate of readers for 2020 and would like to invite you to apply to read. Poets in Pajamas is a live-feed online reading series, hosted by Sundress Publications, which prides itself on producing high-quality poetry readings for an online audience. Readers read from their own work for fifteen minutes and then field questions for an additional ten or fifteen. We are interested in hearing from ALL writers (we accept both poetry and prose readers) but we also particularly want to welcome writers who identify as being a part of disenfranchised communities (such as but not limited to, people of color, immigrant populations, native and indigenous people, LGBTQ+, d/Deaf and Disabled, non-binary people, members of non-dominant religious groups, all women, Dreamers, formerly incarcerated, and more). We want to host you and promote your work. To apply, send three poems or up to five pages of prose and a short video clip of you reading (NOT a recorded reading in front of a crowd), please send a new video of you reading at home or in your garden, in front of your computer, or in your living room. This is NOT a call for produced sessions). Read for no more than 1 to 3 minutes (less is more), and please also attach a bio and author photo in one email to Submissions close Nov. 1, 2019.

RATTLE + RICTUS: A Spectacularly Grim Assortment of Haunting and Haunted Poetry: Specters, poltergeists, and assorted villains take note! Rattle + Rictus is issuing a call for submissions for our 2019 issue. We are looking for poems, grayscale illustrations, and similar small works of art centered around the theme of Halloween—whatever that means to you. Both the grimly severe and campily insincere are welcome! If you intend to submit prose, we ask that you limit your submission to 2,000 words at the most. Visual art will be interspersed throughout the publication, and we may ask to scale it down for size if it is too large to print. If you are or wish to be a creator of macabre, grotesque, or comically evil art, we encourage you to eschew your messaging ravens and instead email your work to Inquiries can also be directed to that email address. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20, 2019, and we intend to publish on Oct. 31 (of course). We will endeavor to inform you of your acceptance or rejection shortly after your work has been received; for your convenience, we do send rejection letters.

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction, conducts a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth. The contest winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press. All U.S. entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees. The entry fee is $27, and submissions are open through Oct. 31, 2019. This year's judge is Bret Lott.

Sport Literate's 25th Anniversary Editor's Prize seeks poem and essay entries, with a winner in each category receiving a $250 prize. To build the pot, we’re asking for a $15 reading fee. But that comes with your choice of two back issues. Though we prefer original, unpublished work, previously published work is acceptable. Be sure to let us know who had it first so we can give them credit should we accept it. Poets can send up to three poems per entry. Please put them all in one Word document. Writers can send one essay per entry. Enter as many times as you like. There’s no “word count” per se on the essays. Use your best judgment and try to engage the reader before page 3. All entries will be considered for standard publication. For whatever reason should you need to resubmit your entry (from typos to life-changing perspectives), simply email the editor ( You can send something anew. Submissions should come through Submittable. Submit before midnight on Oct. 31, 2019.

Tammya print journal established in 2009, is reading for its eleventh issue and chapbook submissions. Journal submissions are $3, and chapbook entries are $12. Collecting work from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters, Tammy has published writers including Lydia Davis, Ottessa Moshfegh, Diane Williams, Ander Monson, and Benjamin Hale. Submit work through Dec.1, 2019.


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 Program 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.

 Quintin Collins
 Solstice MFA Assistant Director



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