[Chestnut Hill, MA, July 2014] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that acclaimed multi-genre writer Rigoberto González will serve as commencement speaker for its summer 2014 graduation ceremony. The commencement, open to MFA program students, graduates, and guests, will take place Saturday, July 19 at 4 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill.
Born in California and raised in Michoacán, Mexico, Rigoberto González is the son and grandson of migrant farm workers and author of fifteen books of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and bilingual children’s books. He is also editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships; and has been a winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. International artist Fellowships have earned him residencies Spain, Brazil, Costa Rica, Scotland, Switzerland, and Italy. From 2002 through 2012, he wrote a monthly Chicano/Latino book review column for the El Paso Times. He is also contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, an executive board member of the National Book Critics Circle, a contributing writer for Lambda Literary and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and a founding member of the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/Latino activist-writers. Respected by members of the literary community for his versatility with literary genres and for his advocacy of emerging writers, González has championed a number of efforts to give visibility to marginalized voices. He is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark/State University of New Jersey and resides in Queens, New York.