Welcome to our new website with a more interactive design—frequently updated blog posts, lit events, announcements, and much more! Deep thanks to our Web Developer, Andrai Whitted!

Also, our Tenth Anniversary will kick off with our Spring 2018 Issue, online and in print, including new guest editors, such as Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry. And a tribute to Dzvinia Orlowsky for poetry in translation.

Vitally, Solstice is taking an urgent stand for diversity in lit, with a new call for pieces promoting social justice.  See Blog Editor’s note for details!

Now to our fabulous new Fall/Winter 2017 Issue.  Check individual editors’ notes for the scoop on terrific established and emerging authors of various nationalities, races, classes, religions, ethnicities, and genders! And view the art of acclaimed photographer Christopher James!

Because of our commitment, please make an end of year donation to diversity in lit!  Our nonprofit survives on your generosity.  Please donate and keep us live! 

Onwards,
Lee Hope, Editor-in-chief.

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We at Solstice have a passionate focus—to foster diversity in literature and photography while upholding the strictest standards of craft. As part of our mission, we are beginning a series of postings on our blog dedicated to social justice issues, making clear that we stand for equal rights and justice for all people, regardless of class, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, or nationality. If you have a relevant piece, submit to our blog. Join our community. Take a stand.

Amy Grier, Managing Editor

New from the SolLit Blog:


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Solstice Magazine Honors Martin Luther King

By Danielle Legros Georges and Richard Hoffman

In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, we are sharing two pieces that reflect on our current socio-political landscape. Read Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges’ essay “American Without Prefix” and Solstice Magazine’s Nonfiction Editor Richard Hoffman’s poem STATE OF THE UNION.


Protesting Police Brutality: From Taking a Knee in the U.S to Striking in Catalan

By Chetan Tiwari and Sandell Morse

Today, in our continuing series on social justice issues, we feature two pieces that deal with protest and how it is talked about within a society. In “Focus,” Chetan Tiwari writes about Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee during the national anthem at NFL games, and how our discussions about this veer away from the topic of police brutality to patriotism and other “weapons of mass distraction.” In “A Cautionary Tale,” Sandell Morse shares her experience visiting Catalan during the National Strike, held to protest police brutality, Finding that civility prevails in the discussions she heard about this charged topic, Morse worries that the United States, with its current less-than-civilized approach to political discourse, may become “a cautionary tale” for the Catalonians


Taking a Stand Against Racism: Never Too Early, Never Too Late

By Vanessa Lewis and Jen Minotti

The first two guest posts in our series addressing social justice. In the first, Jennifer Minotti confronts fellow parents after one of their children uses a racial slur against her daughter. In the second, Vanessa Lewis challenges the idea that to “take a knee” during the anthem at a football game is unpatriotic.