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MFA of Pine Manor College

For Release: June 8, 2009    
Contact: Tanya Whiton


FOR JUNE, 2009


A select number of graduate-level courses are open to the public for auditing at our July MFA Residency, July 10–19 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 summer 2009 Residency is July 1, 2009.

For course descriptions and a downloadable registration form, go to:

MFA Student Readings: There is still time to sign up for the non-graduating student reading to be held on Monday, July 13, from 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in the President's Dining Room. All are invited to attend and non-graduating students are encouraged to read. 

To sign up, please email Cindy Zelman at



Young people’s writer Grace Lin will read and sign copies of her new book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge.

For more information, call: (617) 491-2220 or go to:

Program Director Meg Kearney will be reading with some of the teens who participated in her weekend-long writing workshop for Adoption Journeys on Saturday, June 13, 7 – 9 p.m. at Food for Thought Books,106 North Pleasant Street in Amherst.

For more information, call: (413) 320-4680

Pine Manor College announces its annual Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference Reading Series, to be held June 22–26, 2009. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College — unless *otherwise noted — located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for sale after all readings, and there is plenty of free parking! Cash bar receptions will follow the readings on June 22, 23, 25 & 26.

*Monday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.: David Yoo (author of Girls For Breakfast and Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before); Martha Rhodes (founding editor of Four Way Books, and author of three poetry collections, including At the Gate); & Pablo Medina (author of Points of Balance/Puntos de Apoyo, The Cigar Roller, and co-translator of García Lorca’s Poet in New York).
*Tuesday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room:
Past Conference participants Ching-In Chen, Dave Zeltserman, Laura McCullough, &
Michael Sussman read from their recently published books.

Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.: Solstice Programs Director Meg Kearney (author of An Unkindness of Ravens and The Secret of Me); Stephanie Elizondo Griest (author of Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines and Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana); & A. Manette Ansay (author of eight books, including Vinegar Hill — an Oprah Book Club Selection — and the forthcoming Good Things I Wish For You).

Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Marie Myung Ok-Lee (author of five award-winning young-adult novels including Finding My Voice); Nickole Brown (author of the poetry collection Sister, and longtime marketing director of Sarabande Books); & Peter Selgin (author of Drowning Lessons, Life Goes to the Movies, and two books on the craft of fiction writing).

Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.: Tanya Whiton (published in literary journals including Northwest Review and Crazyhorse); Kevin Boyle (National Book Award winner for Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age) & Mark Turcotte (author of The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas).

*Friday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room:
2009 Solstice Conference Participant Reading.
Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Lee Hope (winner of the Theodore Goodman Award for Fiction); A. Van Jordan (author of Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, and Quantum Lyrics); & Special Guest Andre Dubus III (author of four books, including the recent New York Times bestselling novel The Garden of Last Days, and House of Sand and Fog —an Oprah Book Club Selection adapted for an eponymous Academy Award-nominated motion picture).

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the 2009 Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference can be found at


MFA student Jina Ortiz’s short story "Maribel and El Viejo" was selected for publication in the forthcoming anthology Quisqueyanas: Contemporary Writings by Dominican Women edited by Erika María Martínez.  (Ms. Ortiz will join the MFA Program in July, 2009.)

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MFA student Alison Stone has published poems in recent issues of Barrow Street, Center, and New York Quarterly. (Ms. Stone will return to the MFA Program in January, 2010.)

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MFA guest faculty member Jeffrey Thomson’s new book, Birdwatching in Wartime, is featured in Rigoberto Gonzalez's Small Press Spotlight on the blog of the National Book Critics Circle.

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MFA graduate Emily Van Duyne’s poem “Poet to the Heart Surgeon” will appear in the forthcoming issue of Anon, a Scottish literary magazine.

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Multi-genre writer Sandra Scofield will teach two workshops as part of the 23rd Annual Iowa Summer Writers Festival: “Evaluating the Scene,” June 13–14, and “Tweaking Life: Make Yours into Fiction,” from June 21–26, in Iowa City, IA.

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Multi-genre writer Joy Castro will teach the workshop "Kick-Start Your Memoir:  Finding a Focus" at the Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference on June 13 & 14

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MFA Writer-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson will present at ALL WRITE!! — a professional development program designed to train teachers in the art of writing through writing workshops — June 22–23, 2009, in Shipshewana, IN.

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Multi-genre writer Laban Carrick Hill was interviewed on the radio show “The Passions and Possibilities Project,” on Friday, May 29 at 3:30 p.m. 

To hear the interview, go to:


Poet Steven Huff was the Fraser Distinguished Visiting Poet at Bucks County Community College in May.

For more information, go to:

MFA student Jina Ortiz was offered a partial fellowship to attend a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

For more information about VSC, go to:



Grad Insider, an online forum for graduate students, invites currently matriculated students to contribute program reviews. 

To write a review of the Solstice MFA Program (a good one, we hope!) go to: is an online magazine covering both writing programs and the craft of writing. A collective forum, invites students in MFA programs nationwide to join in by submitting information, posts, and articles.

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First Person Arts announces its First Person Arts Competition for videos, photographs, and stories. The deadline is June 30, 2009.

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Esquire Magazine
announces the return of its Fiction Contest, with a deadline of August 1, 2009.

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Memphis Magazine announces its annual Fiction Contest, with a deadline of August 1, 2009.

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Poets and literary scholars are invited to apply for 6–12 month residencies at the Amy Clampitt House in the Berkshires, with a deadline of August 1, 2009.

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NANO Fiction announces its first annual NANO Prize, to be awarded to a flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words orfewer, with a deadline of August 1, 2009.

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Quiddity Magazine announces the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short prose, with a deadline of August 1, 2009.

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Gulf Coast Magazine announces the Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, with a deadline of August 31, 2009.

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Real Simple announces its second-annual Life Lessons essay contest, with a deadline of September 7, 2009.

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A Room of Her Own Foundation announces its annual To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize, with a deadline of September 30, 2009.

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Artifice Magazine announces an open call for submissions for its inaugural issue, to be published in January 2010.

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The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony is open to writers, visual artists and composers for one-month residencies from June through September; writers under 35 can apply for financial aid.

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Perihelion Review is now accepting submissions of poetry and reviews for upcoming issues.

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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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