[Chestnut Hill, MA, May 2013] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers will serve as commencement speaker for its summer 2013 graduation ceremony. The commencement will take place Saturday, July 6 at 4 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill.
Walter Dean Myers is the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position named by the Librarian of Congress to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. Myers received this honor because he is a critically acclaimed author of books for young people. His award-winning body of work includes Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Harlem, Scorpions, and Lockdown. Myers has received two Newbery Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and has been a National Book Award Finalist numerous times. He is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature, given by the American Library Association) as well as the first recipient of Kent State University’s Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people, having written more than 115 books.
ABOUT SOLSTICE & PINE MANOR COLLEGE
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.