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[Chestnut Hill, MA, November 2012]  The Solstice MFA Program announces its Winter Reading Series, taking place January 4-13 in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. Author’s books will be available for sale; a cash-bar reception will follow the reading on Thursday, January 10. Plenty of free parking!

Friday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming Pockets of Sanity); Iain Haley Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); & Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the speculative fiction/YA novels Alia Waking and Water Shaper).

Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.: MFA Director Meg Kearney (author of two poetry collections, two novels-in-verse for teens, and a picture book); Kashmira Sheth (author of numerous books for young people, including the recent No Dogs Allowed Rule); & Andrew X. Pham (author of the Kiriyama Prize-winning memoir Catfish and Mandala).

Sunday, January 6  at 7:30 p.m.: Anne-Marie Oomen (poet and author of three essay collections, including An American Map: Essays); special guest Pablo Medina (author of 13 books, most recently the novel Cubop City Blues); & writer-in-residence Terrance Hayes (author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry).

Monday, January 7  at 7:30 p.m.: MFA Assistant Director Tanya Whiton (published in Crazyhorse and Northwest Review) & Randall Kenan (author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and The Fire This Time).

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:45 p.m.: Poet Kathleen Aguero (Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth and Daughter Of); special guest Gibson Fay-LeBlanc (winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize for Death of a Ventriloquist); & writer-in-residence Grace Lin (author of more than 13 books for young people, including the recent Starry River of the Sky).

Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Amy Hoffman (author of three memoirs, including the forthcoming Lies About My Family); David Yoo (author of two young adult novels, a middle grade novel, and the essay collection The Choke Artist); & special guest Julia Glass (author of three novels, including the 2002 National Book Award-winner Three Junes).

Friday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book) & Steven Huff (author of two poetry collections and the short fiction collection A Pig in Paris).

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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