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[Chestnut Hill, MA, February 2013]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College and Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices will be co-hosting a reception at the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Friday, March 8 from 7-8:15 p.m. in room 301 of the Hynes Convention Center. The AWP conference takes place March 6-9 in Boston; for more information about registering, go to:

Creative Collaboration: The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program & Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices will feature drinks, appetizers, & mini readings by MFA Writer-in-Residence/Solstice Fiction Editor Helen Elaine Lee, faculty member Robert Lopez, & graduate Emily Van Duyne.

MFA writer-in-residence Helen Elaine Lee has written four novels, including The Serpent’s Gift; Water Marked, The Hard Loss, and A Life Without. Stories from Life Without have appeared or been accepted in Callaloo, Prairie Schooner, Hanging Loose, and Best African American Fiction 2009. Helen is a Professor of Fiction Writing in MIT’s Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and a fiction editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

MFA faculty member Robert Lopez is the author of Asunder, a collection of short fiction; and two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant. A teacher of writing at Pratt Institute, Robert lives in Brooklyn, New York and edits No News Today, a running anthology of newsworthy nonfiction.

Emily Van Duyne graduated with her MFA in poetry from Pine Manor College in 2009, and teaches writing at Stockton College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Diagram,, The American Reader, & others. You can read her work at


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 and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at



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