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[Chestnut Hill, MA, December 2011] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its Fellowship winners for the 2012 winter/spring semester: MFA student Ann Breidenbach has been awarded the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, and MFA student Charles Tucker has been awarded the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction.

Both fellowships are offered once annually to a promising writer starting the program during the winter/spring semester. Fellowship recipients each receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition.

   Ann Breidenbach, winner of the 2012 Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, is writing a memoir about her experience as a birthmother who gave her baby up for adoption during the Reagan years. A visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri, she teaches a class on the history of adoption, shedding light on the historical, social, and political story of adoption for the next generation who will be creating families in their myriad forms.
   Charles H. Tucker, winner of the 2012 Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction, is Associate Director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and a Cary, Mississippi, native. He holds a degree in mass communication and journalism from Jackson State University, and worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer for the Associated Press. Tucker was a National Book Foundation Summer Writing Camp Fellow and a participant in the Solstice Summer Writers Conference at Pine Manor College in 2008. 


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.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at

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