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[Chestnut Hill, MA, February 2013]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the 2013 Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices. Underwritten by Lee Hope Betcher—editor of the MFA’s sister publication, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices— and by the Solstice Institute, an independent literary nonprofit, the Hope Fellowship seeks to support individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The Fellowship provides $500 toward first-semester tuition for a student who begins the Solstice MFA program during its summer residency/fall semester, and the deadline for applying is March 15, 2013 (postmark date). All applicants are welcome to apply. For more information go to:

Here is what poetry student Jacquelyn Brown, 2010 recipient, had to say: “It was extremely important to me to attend a school that cultivates an environment that mirrors the world we live in. Receiving the Hope Fellowship not only helped me financially, it also bolstered my confidence and personal belief that I could be successful in the Solstice MFA Program in a genre in which all too often minorities are underrepresented.”

Jacquelyn Brown is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s BA in Creative Writing Program.  She is also a long-time employee of LSU, currently working as administrative coordinator in Residential Life. She has been active in her local writing community both on and off campus. Additionally, she works with and encourages young athletes regarding literacy and the importance of reading on education. She and her family currently reside in Baton Rouge, LA. She will graduate from the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program in July, 2013.

About our donor: A founding supporter of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Lee Hope Betcher serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Both the magazine and the Institute have an informal “sister” relationship with the MFA Program. Ms. Hope also serves on the Solstice MFA Program’s Advisory Board.


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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