Faye Rapoport DesPres

Solstice MFA Program Announces January Boston-Area Readings

If you live in the Boston area you’ll be interested in the evening reading schedule of the Solstice MFA Program’s Winter Residency, which begins tomorrow, January 4. The readings take place most nights through Friday, January 11 in the Founder’s Room at Pine Manor College (located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill). Author’s books will be available for sale; a cash-bar reception will follow the reading on Thursday, January 10; and there is plenty of free parking!

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming Pockets of Sanity); Iain Haley Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); & Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the speculative fiction/YA novels Alia Waking and Water Shaper).

Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.: MFA Director Meg Kearney (author of two poetry collections, two novels-in-verse for teens, and a picture book); Kashmira Sheth (author of numerous books for young people, including the recent No Dogs Allowed Rule); & Andrew X. Pham (author of the Kiriyama Prize-winning memoir Catfish and Mandala).

Sunday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Anne-Marie Oomen (poet and author of three essay collections, including An American Map: Essays); special guest Pablo Medina (author of 13 books, most recently the novel Cubop City Blues); & writer-in-residence Terrance Hayes (author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry).

Monday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Assistant Kassie Rubico; MFA Assistant Director Tanya Whiton (published in Crazyhorse and Northwest Review) & Randall Kenan (author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and The Fire This Time).

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:45 p.m.: Poet Kathleen Aguero (Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth and Daughter Of); special guest Gibson Fay-LeBlanc (winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize for Death of a Ventriloquist); & writer-in-residence Grace Lin (author of more than 13 books for young people, including the recent Starry River of the Sky).

Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Amy Hoffman (author of three memoirs, including the forthcoming Lies About My Family); David Yoo (author of two young adult novels, a middle grade novel, and the essay collection The Choke Artist); & special guest Julia Glass (author of three novels, including the 2002 National Book Award-winner Three Junes).

Friday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book) & Steven Huff (author of two poetry collections and the short fiction collection A Pig in Paris).

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of the authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.