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The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, to be held March 6-9, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, MA. The Solstice MFA Program book fair table, #G1, will be located on the Plaza Level; stop by for a visit!

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Conference highlights include:

Creative Collaboration: The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program & Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices–join MFA faculty, staff, graduates and students and Solstice literary magazine editorial staff for a cocktail reception Friday, March 8 from 7-8:15 p.m. in room 301, Hynes Convention Center. (The gathering will feature short readings by MFA Writer-in-Residence/Solstice Fiction Editor Helen Elaine Lee; faculty member and contributing writer Robert Lopez; & graduate Emily Van Duyne, runner up for the 2012 Stephen Dunn Prize for Poetry.)

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero organized and will introduce the AWP Women’s Caucus Reading, Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

Program Director Meg Kearney will read as part of “A Reading by Contributors to Sudden Flash Youth,” Thursday, March 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 203, Hynes Convention Center.

Faculty member Robert Lopez will co-host an event featuring fellow writers (including Pam Houston and Matthew Vollmer) on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at The Bell in Hand Tavern, 45 Union Street, Boston.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be signing copies of her new poetry collection, Silvertone, Friday, March 8 from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Mellon University Press Bookfair Table.

Meg Kearney will present as part of “It Could Always Be Verse: Books in Verse for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers,” Friday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Room 107, Hynes Convention Center.

Faculty member Iain Haley Pollock will read as part of “Cave Canem Prize Winners, Then and Now,” Friday, March 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, Level 3.

Writer-in-residence Terrance Hayes will be reading with fellow poets Kwame Dawes and Jorie Graham as part of “Language at the Breaking Point,” Friday, March 8 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, Level 3.

Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen will introduce Richard Todd, moderator of the Solstice MFA Program Sponsored Event: “Tracy Kidder & Adrian Nicole LeBlanc: A Reading & Conversation,” Saturday, March 9 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, Level 3.

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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