Faye Rapoport DesPres

Attention Boston area writers and friends: a reading worth attending

I’d like to pass on this information from the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College: A reading by a number of the program’s alumnae is scheduled for tomorrow, September 14, from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. at the Luckart Gallery, 338 Lexington Street in Auburndale, MA. This little shopping area is just off of Comm. Ave., or Route 30. If you’re heading out of Boston, you reach Lexington Street before you hit the Newton Marriott and the entrance to the Mass. Pike after that.

Readers include nonfiction writer and poet Faye Snider, fiction writer Ann McArdle, nonfiction and YA writer Jim Kennedy, and poet Melissa Varnavas. Their readings will complement art currently being shown at the gallery, works by event co-coordinator Marcia Cooper and the painter Maria Aguilar.

Below is more information about each of the readers/artists:

• Retired family therapist and inveterate gardener Faye Snider recently published a short memoir, “Goldie’s Gold,” in Alimentum: The Literature of Food. She will read from an essay titled “Mother’s Tears.”

• Interior design writer and teacher Ann McArdle recently published a short story, “Tomorrow” in the journal Pear Noir. She will read from her interconnected short fiction collection, Works of Mercy.

• Accountant and distance walker Jim Kennedy has published fiction and memoir in Prism International and Creative Nonfiction. He will be reading from his recently completed young adult novel, Salamander in the Weeds.

• Journalist and poet Melissa J. Varnavas is a recipient of awards from the New England Press Association and Suburban Newspapers of America, and her poetry has recently appeared in the journals Oberon and Margie.

• Landscape/portrait artist Marcia Cooper has shown her work at the Danforth Museum, Arnold Arboretum, and the Newton Art Association.

• Maria Aguilar, an acclaimed artist in her native Guatemala, interprets the impact of and tensions surrounding Mayan ancestry in Latin American culture.

I am sure it will be a great event.

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