Faye Rapoport DesPres

AWP

So long, AWP!

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It’s Saturday afternoon and AWP is still going strong in Boston. From what I heard, more than 12,000 writers descended on the city for the event. What a crowd, what chaos, what eagerness!

But now I’m back home — two days at the conference was my plan, and it’s time to get back to work and reality.

It will take a while to integrate all of the information received, friends met and re-met, and activity that is the crazy scene at AWP. In fact, it might take me a day or two just to absorb the reading/talk given by British writer Jeanette Winterson in front of a huge, crowded auditorium. Wow — was she dynamic, intelligent, funny, perceptive, and…well, amazing!

While I re-think it all, those of you who are still tromping around the Hynes Convention Center should enjoy the time that’s left and the sunshine that has finally returned to Boston! Have fun!…

The Solstice MFA Program at AWP

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Below is a news release from the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing (my alma mater). The release outlines events at the AWP Conference (next week in Boston) that feature the program and various faculty members.

I’ll be at the Solstice table at lunchtime on Thursday. If you’ll be at AWP, stop by and say hello!

SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM EVENTS AT AWP BOSTON

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, to be held March 6-9, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, MA. The Solstice MFA Program book fair table, #G1, will be located on the Plaza Level; stop by for a visit!

Conference highlights include:

Creative Collaboration: The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program & Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices–join MFA faculty, staff, graduates and students and Solstice literary magazine editorial staff for a cocktail reception Friday, March 8 from 7-8:15 p.m. in room 301, Hynes Convention Center. (The gathering will feature short readings by MFA Writer-in-Residence/Solstice Fiction Editor Helen Elaine Lee; faculty member and contributing writer Robert Lopez; & graduate Emily Van Duyne, runner up for the 2011 Stephen Dunn Prize for Poetry.)

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero organized and will introduce the AWP Women’s Caucus Reading, Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

Program Director Meg Kearney will read as part of “A Reading by Contributors to Sudden Flash Youth,” Thursday, March 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 203, Hynes Convention Center.

Faculty member Robert Lopez will co-host an event featuring fellow writers (including Pam Houston and Matthew Vollmer) on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at The Bell in Hand Tavern, 45 Union Street, Boston.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be signing copies of her new poetry collection, Silvertone, Friday, March 8 from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Mellon University Press Bookfair Table.

Meg Kearney will present as part of “It Could Always Be Verse: Books in Verse for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers,” Friday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Room 107, Hynes Convention Center.

Faculty member Iain Haley Pollock will read as part of “Cave Canem Prize Winners, Then and Now,” Friday, March 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, Level 3.

Writer-in-residence Terrance Hayes will be reading with fellow poets Kwame Dawes and Jorie Graham as part of “Language at the Breaking Point,” Friday, March 8 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, Level 3.

Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen will introduce Richard Todd, moderator of the Solstice MFA Program Sponsored Event: “Tracy Kidder & Adrian Nicole LeBlanc: A Reading & Conversation,” Saturday, March 9 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, Level 3.

ABOUT PINE MANOR COLLEGE
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.…