R295A. Breaking Boundaries: Solstice Magazine 10th Anniversary Reading

C121-122, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices is a hybrid publication with an essay in The Best American Essays 2018, cited notable essays, and a Best of the Net. This panel includes an American fiction writer of Iranian heritage; another of Mexican; a poet of Polish roots; and one of African American descent. They explore the literal and metaphorical walls that divide us and the struggle to overcome the exclusions imposed by such artificial boundaries. Discussion following. 



Lee Hope, editor of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, is author of the novel Horsefever, a Midwest Book Awards finalist. She has fellowships from the Pennsylvania and Maine arts councils, she founded a low-residency MFA, and she teaches with Changing Lives Through Literature for people on probation.

Ewa Chrusciel has three books in English: Of Annunciations, Contraband of Hoopoe, and Strata, and three in Polish: FurkotSopiłki, and Tobołek. Her translations include books by: Jorie Graham, Joseph Conrad, IB Singer, and Jack London. Her work appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in US and abroad.

José Skinner is the author of the short story collections The Tombstone Race and Flight and Other Stories. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he cofounded and directed the bilingual MFA in creative writing at the University of Texas–Pan American.

Marjan Kamali is the author of the novels Together Tea and the forthcoming The Stationery Shop. She has an MFA from NYU and an MBA from Columbia University. Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist and has been translated into several languages. She teaches writing at Boston's GrubStreet

Iain Haley Pollock has written two poetry collections: Ghost, like a Place and Spit Back a Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Prize. He teaches at Rye Country Day School and the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College. Pollock is also a poetry coeditor at Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.


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