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[Chestnut Hill, MA, December 2012]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its Fellowship winners for the 2013 winter/spring semester: Kim Suhr has been awarded the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction, and Jenifer DeBellis has been awarded the Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry. Both fellowships are offered once annually to a promising writer starting the program during the winter/spring semester. Fellowship recipients each receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition. For more information about Solstice MFA Program Fellowships, go to:

2013 Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction winner Kim Suhr is the director of two organizations in southeastern Wisconsin that support writers young and old through  critique groups, workshops  and readings. Her work has appeared at Grey Sparrow Journal, Full of Crow, Staccato Fiction, and the 2011 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar; she has earned awards from the Wisconsin Writers’ Association’s Jade Ring and Lindemann Humor Contests. A contributor to Lake Effect, a program produced by NPR’s affiliate in Milwaukee, Kim holds degrees in English and Education from the University of Wisconsin.

2013 Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry winner Jenifer DeBellis is a 2012 Meadow Brook Writing Project Writer-in-Residence and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Pink Panther Magazine, an international feminist publication. Her work has appeared in BAC Street Journal, Oakland Journal, and Swallow the Moon. When she is not mentoring and encouraging other writers or nurturing her own craft, she seeks solace amongst family and friends, or sneaks in a run along the back roads of her small town.


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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