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[Chestnut Hill, MA, February 2017]The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor Collegeis pleased to announce the 2017 Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices.

In honor of the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown, Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown—Kurt Brown’s wife and a faculty member of the Solstice MFA Program—and Lee Hope, Editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, underwrite an annual first-semester fellowship of $1,500 to a writer in any genre who has applied and been accepted to the Solstice MFA Program.

All applicants are welcome to apply. The Kurt Brown Fellowship especially seeks to support individuals from cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who otherwise might not be adequately represented in the program. The postmark deadline is March 13, 2017. For more information, go to:


Poet, editor, and translator Kurt Brown was the author of six poetry collections: Return of the Prodigals, More Things in Heaven and EarthFables from the ArkFuture ShipFrom Here, and Time-Bound. He edited several anthologies, including Drive, They Said: Poems about Americans and Their Cars; Verse & Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics; and co-edited Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews and Conversation Pieces: Poems that Talk to Other Poems. He also edited a book of essays, The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science, and was co-translator, with his wife Laure-Anne Bosselaar, of The Plural of Happiness: Selected Poems of Herman de Coninck. A collected volume of his work, I've Come This Far to Say Hello: Poems Selected and New, is available from Tiger Bark Press. Kurt was also poetry editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.


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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