©Rachel Eliza Griffiths
[Chestnut Hill, MA, January, 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its new faculty member, Cave Canem fellow and poet Iain Haley Pollock.
Iain Haley Pollock lives in Philadelphia and teaches English at Chestnut Hill Academy. His first collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy (University of Georgia Press, 2011), earned the 2010 Cave Canem Prize. His work has appeared in several literary journals, including American Poetry Review,Boston Review, and Callaloo. Iain received his undergraduate degree at Haverford College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Syracuse University, where he won the Joyce Carol Oates Award. He held a Cave Canem Fellowship from 2006-2009. He was the Solstice MFA Program’s first Cave Canem Partner Poet in 2011 and will join the MFA Program’s faculty with the summer 2012 residency/fall semester.
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.
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 www.pmc.edu/mfa.
ABOUT CAVE CANEM FOUNDATION
Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation of African American poets in writing workshops and MFA programs, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. The organization has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and a high-achieving, national fellowship of 300-plus. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Cave Canem’s programs include an annual week-long retreat, first and second book prizes, Legacy Conversations, Poets on Craft talks, regional writing workshops, publications and national readings. To date, the organization has published Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006) and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007). To learn more, visit www.cavecanempoets.org.