Virtual Event ~ Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Featured Writers

Join us Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30CDT/7:30EDT for a virtual reading from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at Lasell University! This event will be held via Zoom webinar and will also stream live to our Facebook page!

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Kathi Aguero: Kathleen Aguero has published five collections of poetry: Daughter Of; The Real WeatherThirsty DayInvestigations, a collection of poems inspired by Nancy Drew; and After That. Her latest book, World Happiness Index, was published by Tiger Bark Press. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Poetry magazine, Massachusetts Review, and the Cincinnati Review. She is also co-editor of three collections of multicultural literature: A Gift of TonguesAn Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare. Her most recent poetry collection, World Happiness Index, was published in December 2021 by Tiger Bark Press. You can purchase the collection here:

José Araguz: José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks, as well as the collections Everything WeThink We HearSmall FiresUntil We Are Level Again, and, most recently, An Empty Pot’s Darkness. His latest poetry collection Rotura is published Black Lawrence Press. His poems, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek ReviewPrairie SchoonerNew SouthPoetry International, and The Bind. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and composes erasure poems on the Instagram account @poetryamano.

Quintin Collins: Quintin Collins (he/him) is a writer, editor, and assistant director of the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, where he also earned his MFA degree. His work appears in many print and online publications, such as Sidereal MagazineSuperstition ReviewGlass: A Journal of PoetrySolstice Literary Magazine, and others. Winner of a Pushcart Prize and the 2019 Atlantis Award from the Poet's Billow, Quintin's publishing accolades include multiple Best of the Net Nominations, and he was a finalist for the 2020 Redivider Beacon Street Prize. Quintin's first full-length collection of poems, The Dandelion Speaks of Survival, which was a finalist for the Alice James Award, is available from Cherry Castle Publishing. His second collection of poems, Claim Tickets for Stolen People, selected by Marcus Jackson as winner of The Journal's 2020 Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, is available from Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books.

Amy Hoffman: Amy Hoffman is a writer, community activist, and former editor-in-chief of Women’s Review of Books. Her novel Dot & Ralfie was published winter 2022 from the University of Wisconsin Press, which also published her novel The Off Season. She has also published three memoirs: Lies About My Family; An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News; and Hospital Time. Her books have been short-listed for the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award. Amy’s essays, interviews, and fiction have been published in the Boston Review, the Ocean State Review, Prairie Schooner, the Gay and Lesbian Review, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and anthologized in The Politics of Care; In Search of Stonewall; and The Little Magazine in Contemporary America. 

Randall Horton: Poet, fiction writer, and creative nonfiction writer Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall’s most recent poetry collection is {#289-128}. His first poetry collection, Pitch Dark Anarchy, was selected by Beltway Poetry Quarterly as a Best Book of 2013. His essays have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, the International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry Race. His book: Hook: A Memoir was released from Augury Books in fall 2015. His second memoir, Dead Weight, is now available from Northwestern University Press. 

Meg Kearney: Meg Kearney is Founding Director of the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, which launched in 2006 at Pine Manor College and was adopted by nearby Lasell University in December 2021. In spring 2021, The Word Works Press published Meg’s All Morning the Crows, winner of the 2020 Washington Prize for poetry. Meg is also author of The Ice Storm, a heroic crown (Green Linen Press Chapbook Series, 2020) currently in its third printing. Her collection of poems Home By Now (Four Way Books) was winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award; it was also a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. Meg is also author of An Unkindness of Ravens (BOA Editions Ltd., 2001) and a trilogy of verse novels for teens: The Secret of Me (2005); The Girl in the Mirror (2012); and When You Never Said Goodbye (2017), all from Persea Books. Meg’s picture book Trouper (Scholastic, 2013) is illustrated by E.B. Lewis and won many accolades, including the 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the Missouri Association of School Librarians’ Show Me Readers Award. 


For more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing, visit here:


Event date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1150 E. Walnut Street
Springfield, MO 65806
An Ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Competitve Manufacturing) By Marie Harris (Editor), Kathleen Aguero (Editor) Cover Image
By Marie Harris (Editor), Kathleen Aguero (Editor)
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Published: University of Georgia Press - May 1st, 1989

Rotura By José Angel Araguz Cover Image
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Published: Black Lawrence Press, Inc. - March 18th, 2022

Claim Tickets for Stolen People (Journal CBWheeler Poetry Prize) By Quintin Collins Cover Image
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Dot & Ralfie By Amy Hoffman Cover Image
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 26th, 2022

Dead Weight: A Memoir in Essays By Randall Horton Cover Image
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Published: Northwestern University Press - February 15th, 2022

All Morning the Crows By Meg Kearney Cover Image
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