Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA            
Contact: Tanya Whiton
For Release: Thursday, October 29, 2009   


The application deadline for the spring 2010 semester of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is November 16, 2009 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on November 16).

The spring 2010 semester begins with our winter residency, January 1 to January 10.

For detailed program information and a downloadable application form, go to:

A select number of graduate-level courses are open to the public for auditing at our January MFA Residency, January 1–10 on the Pine Manor College campus. Auditors are encouraged to complete the advance preparation requirements for any MFA class they wish to attend; the deadline for enrolling as an auditor for the winter 2009 Residency is December 28, 2009.

Course descriptions, our auditor policy, and a downloadable registration form will be available on our Web site starting Tuesday, November 3:



Young people’s writer Grace Lin will join the Many Voices Book Fair Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME.

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Grace Lin will participate in a Celebration of Authors and Illustrators — a benefit for the nonprofit Reach Out & Read — Tuesday, November 3 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Smith College Campus School, 33 Prospect St., Northampton, MA.

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Dzvinia Orlowsky will read with fellow poets Gary Duehr, Bernard Horn, and Catherine Sasanov on Saturday, November 28 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA.
For more information, contact 617-451-3605 or email Gary Duehr at


MFA Director and poet Meg Kearney will read on Saturday, November 14 at 11 a.m. at the Toad Stool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, N.H

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Meg Kearney will read on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue in Rochester, NY; Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall, Wells College, Aurora, NY;and on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Writer’s Center, YMCA of Greater Syracuse, 340 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY. The launch party for her new book, Home By Now, will be held Wednesday, November 11 from 7 - 9 p.m. at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY.

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Grace Lin will read on Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at the Flying Pig Bookstore, 5247 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT.

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MFA student Faye Rapoport’s story "The Diversion" won an honorable mention in Writer Advice's Fourth Annual Flash Prose contest; it is now published online at:

MFA graduate Faye Snider’s poem, "Farewell" (written in honor of Senator Ted Kennedy) was posted online at


MFA graduate Emily Van Duyne was recently hired to teach Composition and Literature at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, NJ.

Multi-genre writer Laban Carrick Hill recently returned from a lecture tour of universities in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Bali; an article about one of his talks on American culture can be read at Laban has also been granted a Fulbright to lecture on creative writing at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, beginning in January, 2010. He will be keeping a blog of his experiences at

MFA Consulting Writer Jacqueline Woodson is a featured guest at the Children's Book Festival and Young Adult Conference held November 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

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Grace Lin’s new book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, is being featured on the Al Roker Book Club for Kids segment of the Today Show, on Friday, December 4.

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MFA graduate Emily Van Duyne was the winner of the 2009 Project Verse Competition, and appeared as a guest on the Joe Milford Poetry Show on Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

For more information about Project Verse, go to:; to hear Emily’s interview, go to:


The Solstice Magazine for Diverse Voices (a quarterly online journal founded by Lee Hope and Bill Betcher, friends and supporters of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs; not affiliated with the MFA) is now accepting submissions in all genres.

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The Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA hosts a free day-long pedagogy workshop for middle and high school English teachers on Saturday, November 7.

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Hot Metal Bridge is looking for innovative critical work from graduate students and scholars across the humanities, with a deadline of November 10, 2009.

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The 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair will be held from November 13 – 15 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

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The Breakwater Review announces a call for submissions, with a deadline of November 15, 2009.

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Lumina is accepting submissions for its spring 2010 publication, with a deadline of November 15, 2009.

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The Tennessee Williams Festival announces its 2009 Tennessee Williams Fiction and One-Act Play Contests, with deadlines of November 16, 2009 for each.

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Poems & Plays announces the 17th annual Tennessee Chapbook Prize, with a deadline of November 30, 2009.

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Alimentum announces its annual poetry contest, and will be accepting entries until December 1, 2009.

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Dzanc Books announces a short story competition with a deadline of December 31, 2009.

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Harvard Square Editions is now accepting submissions for the second in a series of anthologies of novel excerpts and short fiction.

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Opium Magazine announces a call for submissions.

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Suss: Another Literary Journal is looking for submissions to its Learning Annex column, a pedagogy column written by contributing educators.

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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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The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing
of Pine Manor College

400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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