[photo of Kearney; her own collection of poems is An Unkindness of Ravens, which just went into its second printing through BOA]
Meg Kearney, director of the not-so-far-away low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College (just outside Boston), reminded me last week that her program has a deadline of November 14 -- time to print those application forms and get things rolling if the winter semester appeals to you. There's no doubt that the resources of a good MFA program, including the connections you build with staff and fellow students, can help with maturing and publication of good work. (It's probably in proportion to whatyou invest of yourself, natch.) At any rate, the four concentration fields at PMC have a lot to offer -- and so do faculty members like poets Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Kathleen Aguero, Terrance Hayes, and Dzvinia Orlowsky; mystery novelist Dennis Lehane; children's author Laban Carrick Hill; and more. The ethnic diversity of the group is an extra plus.
So here's what Meg sent along:
The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College (www.pmc.edu/mfa) is now accepting applications for the winter residency/spring 2008 semester, with a deadline of November 14, 2007. We offer concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for children & young adults.
Situated on sixty bucolic acres in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Pine Manor has a unique mission: to create the most diverse undergraduate and graduate student bodies in the country. Pine Manor’s undergraduate program was ranked #1 in diversity from 2003-2007 by U.S. News & World Report, and we boast one of the most (if not the most) diverse MFA faculties in the country.
Designed for writers wishing to pursue their writing goals while balancing the demands of work and family, the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program offers affordable tuition, small classes, and one-to-one mentoring in a friendly and non-hierarchical environment.
For more information, visit www.pmc.edu/mfa, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Solstice MFA Office at Pine Manor College: (617) 731-7697.