Staff

Editor-in-chief: Lee Hope

Lee Hope

Lee Hope, Editor-in-Chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, is the author of the novel Horsefever, a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship for Fiction. She has published stories in numerous literary journals such as Witness and The North American Review. She founded and directed a low-residency MFA program and has taught at various universities. She also teaches for Changing Lives Through Literature, which serves people on probation and parole.

 

 

Secretary of Solstice Institute & Photography Editor:  William Betcher

William Betcher is a psychiatrist in private practice in the Boston area, and a fine art photographer. His photographic work has been displayed at the University of New England, The Heart of Biddeford Gallery, and the Danforth Museum, and two of his photographs were selected as “Photos of the Day” by Smithsonian.com. He is also the author of 4 nonfiction books, including “Intimate Play”(Viking),”The Seven Basic Quarrels of Marriage” (Villard), and “In a Time of Fallen Heroes” (Atheneum). He received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, his MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University.

 

Treasurer of Solstice Institute:  Peter Katz

Peter Katz is a dentist by day and aspiring  writer / photographer by nights / weekends or whenever he is not toiling in an oral cavity. His dental practice is in Peterborough, NH and has a home in nearby Harrisville, NH, as well as in Needham, MA. For him creative writing is the highest art form – the ability to create one’s world from the imagination, and to convey it to the reader is truly a thing of wonder. This is why he is pleased to be the treasurer on the board of the Solstice Institute.

 

Richard Hoffman

Nonfiction Editor:  Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman is author, most recently, of the memoir Love & Fury, which was a finalist for the New England Book Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association. He is also author of the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, just reissued in a new 20th Anniversary Edition in 2015, with an introduction by Louise DeSalvo. His poetry collections are Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; and Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. A past Chair of PEN New England, he is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.

 

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photo credit:  Rachel Eliza Griffith

 

Poetry Editor:  Iain Haley Pollock

Iain Haley Pollock’s second collection of poems, Ghost, Like a Place, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in September 2018. His debut collection, Spit Back a Boy, won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He teaches English at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY, and is a member of the poetry faculty at the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College.

 

Assistant Poetry Editor: Robbie Gamble

Robbie Gamble holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. His poems and essays have appeared in Scoundrel Time, Writers Resist, Stonecoast Review, Solstice, and Poet Lore. He was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry prize. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, and works as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston.

 

 

Editor of Poetry in Translation: Barbara Siegel Carlson

Barbara Siegel Carlson is the author of poetry collections Once in Every Language and Fire Road, co-translator of Look Back, Look Ahead, Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel, and co-editor of A Bridge of Voices: Contemporary Slovene Poetry and Perspectives. Recent poetry and translations appear in The Cortland Review, Salamander, Mid-American Review and Poetry Porch. She teaches and tutors in the Boston area.

 

KBrownPoetry Editor (in memoriam):  Kurt Brown 

Kurt Brown founded the Aspen Writers’ Conference, and Writers’ Conferences & Centers. He is the author of six chapbooks and six full-length collections of poetry, including his newest, Time-Bound, from Tiger Bark Press. He is currently an editor for the online journal MEAD: The Magazine of Literature and Libations and has edited ten anthologies of poetry, including his most recent (with Harold Schechter) Killer Verse: Poems about Murder and Mayhem. His memoir, Lost Sheep: A Portrait of Aspen in the 70s, was published by Conundrum Press in 2012. He taught for many years at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and now lives in Santa Barbara, California.

 

Video Performance Poetry Editor: Regie O’Hare Gibson

Regie Gibson, Author, songwriter, educator and literary performer, Regie Gibson, received his MFA in Poetry from New England College. He has read, taught, lectured and performed at universities, theaters and various other venues in 8 countries, most recently Monfalcone, Italy where, representing the U. S. A., he competed against poets from 9 countries and received the Monfalcone Absolute Poetry Prize. He has worked or performed with artists as diverse as David Amram, John Legend, Mos Def, Richie Havens, and Kurt Vonnegut. Regie has performed with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra “X”: a multi-ethnic multi-cultural ensemble. He and his work are featured in the New Line Cinema film “love jones” (a film based on events in his life). His work has appeared in The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Iowa Review and Poetry Magazine among others. He is a National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, has been featured on NPR, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and has been nominated for a Boston Emmy Award. He has received the Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and is a Chernin Center for the Arts Writer’s Fellow. His volume of poems “Storms Beneath the Skin” received the Golden Pen Award. He has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for poetry; The Lexington Education Foundation Grant; and, a Walker Fellowship to the Providence Fine Arts Work Center.

 

Managing Editor: Anita Ballesteros
Anita Ballesteros holds a PhD in Molecular Oncology from NYU and works in the Innovations office at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Originally from New York, daughter of a Spanish-American father and Jewish mother, her childhood was a nomadic adventure throughout Europe.  She continues to enjoy traveling domestically and globally to explore different cultures and the various facets of herself that she leaves behind in each place. Currently she is a third-semester student in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, where she is focusing on Fiction, but she enjoys writing poetry and non-fiction as well. Anita is a proud single mom of a daughter and a son both in their 20’s, and lives just west of Boston, where she is learning how to empty-nest with her two cats, who are excellent writing companions.

 

Digital Media Editor: Andrai Whitted

AndraiAndrai Whitted is a Massachusetts/Rhode Island based front-end web developer and graphic designer specializing in inspired web solutions for small businesses and non-profits.

 

 

Contributing Fiction Editor:  Helen Elaine Lee

Helen Elaine Lee

Helen Elaine Lee was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Her first novel, The Serpent’s Gift, was published by Atheneum in 1994 and her second novel, Water Marked, was published by Scribner in 1999. She recently finished A Life Without, a novel about the lives of ten people who are incarcerated in two neighboring U.S. prisons, and The Hard Loss, a novel about a DNA exoneree’s first week of freedom after 22 years of incarceration for a crime he did not commit.  Stories from A Life Without have appeared in Callaloo, Prairie Schooner, Hanging Loose, Best African American Fiction 2009 (Bantam Books), and solsticelitmag.com. She is Professor of Fiction Writing in MIT’s Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and a Writer in Residence with the Solstice Low-Residency MFA program at Pine Manor. A member of the Board of Directors of PEN New England, she serves on its Freedom to Write Committee and volunteers with its Prison Creative Writing Program.

 

McNair Headshot HiResContributing Fiction Editor: Patricia McNair

Patricia Ann McNair’s short story collection, The Temple of Air, won the Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award, and Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award. Her short story, “My Mother’s Daughter” won first prize in SolLit’s fiction awards in 2014. McNair’s work has appeared in American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging WritersPrime Number, River TeethFourth GenreBrevityCreative Nonfiction, and other publications. She teaches in the Department of Creative Writing, Columbia College Chicago.

 

Contributing Poetry Editor:  Ben Berman

Ben Berman is the author of Strange Borderlands (Able Muse Press), which won the 2014 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Poetry Book and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. You can visit him at www.ben-berman. com

 

 

January Gill O’Neil

Contributing Poetry Editor: January Gill O’Neil 

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (fall 2014) and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. Recently, she was elected to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) board of directors. January’s poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. A Cave Canem fellow, she runs a popular blog called Poet Mom . January lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

 

Contributing Poetry Editor:  Danielle Georges

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Danielle Legros Georges is an Associate Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University; and a visiting faculty member of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts—Boston. She is the author of a book of poems Maroon (Curbstone Press, 2001). Recent poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Bill Moyers Journal (PBS Program), The Caribbean Writer’s Special Issue on Haiti, Consequence, and The Women’s Review of Books. She lives in Boston, and enjoys hiking in the nearby Blue Hills.

 

 

Contributing Poetry Editor: Dzvinia Orlowskydzvinia-rt

Dzvinia Orlowsky is the recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship (with Jeff Friedman) and aPushcart Prize, and is Founding Editor of Four Way Books. She is also the author of five poetry collections published by Carnegie Mellon University Press including her most recent, Silvertone and Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, co-winner of the 2010 Sheila Motton Book Award. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted in 2008 as a Carnegie Mellon University Classic Contemporary. Dzvinia’s poetry and translations from Ukrainian have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including A Map of Hope: An International Literary AnthologyFrom Three Worlds: New Writing from the Ukraine; and A Hundred Years of Youth:  A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry.  Recent co-translations with poet Jeff Friedman from the Polish poetry by Mieczysław Jastrun have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, The Spoon River Review, Los Angeles Review, and Poetry International. Her translation from the Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water in 2006. She teaches poetry at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing of Pine Manor College and at Providence College. Her newest poetry collection titled BAD HARVEST is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in October 2018.

 

Kathleen AgueroContributing Poetry Editor:  Kathleen Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of(Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press ( A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) She teaches at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA in both the undergraduate and low-residency M.F.A. programs and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.


Contributing Poetry Editor:  Betsy Sholl

Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.  She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books), Late Psalm, Don’t Explain,and The Red Line.  Her awards include the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two Maine Individual Artists Grants.  Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Image, Field, Brilliant Corners, Best American Poetry, 2009, Best Spiritual Writing, 2012.  She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

Contributing NonFiction Editor:  DeWitt Henry

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Dewitt Henry is a Professor at Emerson College and the founding editor of Ploughshares (for which he won a Commonwealth Award in 1992).  He has authored THE MARRIAGE OF ANNA MAYE POTTS (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel) and two memoirs, SAFE SUICIDE: NARRATIVES, ESSAYS, AND MEDITATIONS and SWEET DREAMS: A FAMILY HISTORY; he has also edited five anthologies, including SORROW’S COMPANY: WRITERS ON LOSS AND GRIEF.
For details see www.dewitthenry.com

 

Contributing Nonfiction Editor: Michael Steinberg
Michael Steinberg is the founding editor of the literary journal Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. He’s written and co-authored five books and a stage play. In 2004, Still Pitching won the ForeWord Magazine /Independent Press Memoir of the Year. An anthology, The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (with Robert Root) is in a sixth edition.  Steinberg has presented workshops, craft talks and seminars at many colleges and universities as well as at international and national writers’ conferences, And he’s a Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence in the Solstice/Pine Manor College low residency MFA program.

 

Contributing Photography Editor:  Lou Jones

Lou Jones Contributing EditorLou Jones’s eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change.  He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books including Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, Travel & Photography:Off the Charts and the recently released second edition of  Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.  www.fotojones.com 

 

Contributing Photography Editor:  Karin Rosenthal

Karin Rosenthal’s photographs of the human figure in the landscape reside in numerous museum collections including the Boston MFA, Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum, the ICP, and the Yale University Art Gallery. In 1978, Rosenthal received an alumna traveling fellowship from Wellesley College to photograph in Greece.  Since then, her prize-winning nudes have been exhibited and published internationally. A book, Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs, was produced for a retrospective of her work at the Danforth Museum of Art in 2000. In 2011, Boston’s Photographic Resource Center co-sponsored a year-long exhibition of Rosenthal’s work at MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics.  Her nude, Belly Landscape, in the exhibition First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography at the Yale University Art Gallery was selected to represent the show of 100 images by 20thCentury photographers and was featured in the New York Times review.  Rosenthal’s nudes are currently exhibited at the Weston Gallery in Carmel, CA alongside photographic masters such as Ruth Bernhard, Edward Weston, and Harry Callahan in a show titled Models & Muses. Karin is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center where she recently initiated and co-curated an exhibition of work by street photographer Vivian Maier.

 

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Amy Yelin

Amy YelinAmy Yelin is a communications professional and writer whose essays and author interviews have appeared in publications including The Boston Globe, Globe Magazine, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her piece “Torn” (The Baltimore Review), received a notable essay mention in The Best American Essays 2007, and “The Memoirist” (Lunch Ticket) received a Pushcart nomination. She is also the recipient of awards from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Norman Mailer’s Colony and The Prague Summer program. She has an MFA with a focus in creative nonfiction from Lesley University and she teaches at Grub Street in Boston.

 

BRENDA SPARKS PRESCOTTAssistant Fiction Editor:  Brenda Sparks Prescott

Brenda Sparks Prescott’s writing has appeared in publications such as The Louisville Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Portland Magazine. Other pubs include The Thirsty Scholar, the Plow and Stars, the Burren, and Lizard Lounge. She has a Stonecoast MFA and an AB from Harvard University. She’s a founding member of Simply Not Done, a writing collaborative. While she has been a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts for many years, she will forever be a native daughter of Texas.

 

Mary Beth PopeAssistant Fiction Editor: Mary Elizabeth Pope
Mary Elizabeth Pope is Professor of English at Emmanuel College in Boston.  She is the author of Divining Venus: Stories (The Waywiser Press, 2013) and short stories and essays that have appeared in Florida Review, Bellingham Review, Fugue, Passages North, PMS, Ascent and many others.

 

 

Fiction Reader: Jennifer GentileJ-Gentile-Profile

Jennifer Gentile, a Melrose, MA native, received a liberal arts degree from Suffolk University and will graduate from Pine Manor College’s MFA program in the winter of 2017 with a degree in fiction. She is an editor of a weekly newspaper outside of Boston, a softball coach, and mother of three.

 

Poetry reader: Jenifer DeBellis

Jens-BioPicMetro Detroit writer Jenifer DeBellis is Executive Editor of Pink Panther Magazine–an international women’s art and poetry journal–and an eBook editor for Solstice Lit Mag. A former Meadow Brook Writing Project writer-in-residence, she teaches creative writing in Oakland University’s writing camps. Jenifer is a poetry student in the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of PMC. Her work appears in the Aurorean, BAC Street Journal, Solstice Lit Mag, the Vault, and Wayne Literary Review. When she’s not mentoring other writers or nurturing her own craft, she may be sneaking in a run along the back roads of her small town

 

Poetry Reader: Eileen Cleary

Eileen Cleary earned an MFA at Lesley University and is a candidate for a second MFA at Solstice. She co-founded the Lilly Salon of Needham and is a recent Pushcart nominee. Her work is published or forthcoming at Apeiron, Naugatuck River Review, The Main Street Rag and The American Journal of Poetry.

 

 

Poetry Reader & reviewer: Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge‘s poetry, writings, and theatre productions address controversial themes on the American political landscape. His theatre troupe Singing with the Enemy portrayed the fifty-year blockade of Cuba, and the plight of political prisoners in the U.S. As a graffiti artist, he reclaims and alters private signage to inspire public debate. He is a fellow emeritus at the Black Earth Institute (blackearthinstitute.org), a progressive think tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society. He has a poetry collection, PULSA—A Book of Books, and two spoken word CDs: The Cigarette PapersA Journey from Addiction and One Shot NewsPoetry of Conscience. His awards include the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize and the Master’s Slam at the National Poetry Slam. He has received the City of Cambridge Peace and Justice Award for the contribution of his art and activism. He curates the Poets’ Theatre, a monthly venue, in Somerville’s Arts at the Armory.

 

Nonfiction Reader: Cassandra Goldwater

Cassandra Goldwater is a writer and photographer.  Her work has appeared in Precipitate (an on-line journal), Storytelling Asia and the Women’s Review of Books.  She received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Lesley University and an MBA from Simmons College.  She currently teaches writing courses at Lesley University (undergrad) and is a mentor to students in the MFA program in word/image projects.  She lives in greater Boston with her husband and constantly shedding pets.

 

Fiction Reader: Amy Grier

Amy Grier is a writer and editor who earned her MFA at Lesley University. A singer and classically trained pianist, she has travelled extensively and taught music and English in the U.S. and Japan. Amy has a master’s in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and one in Literature and Writing from Rivier University. Her prose and poetry has appeared in Poetry East, eratio, Streetlight Magazine, xoJane, and Dream International Quarterly, and one of her poems is anthologized in Poetry East’s collection, Bliss. Her current project, Quiet One, is a memoir about growing up with a mentally ill mother.

 

Nonfiction reader: Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson is a writer with a day job as an Admission Counselor at Smith College, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English in the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. She completed her MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her current project, a memoir-in-progress, is about uncovering long-held family secrets after growing up in developing countries as a third-culture kid. Jill lives on a hill in Brattleboro, VT.


Intern: Michelle Arnwine Frias

Michelle Arnwine Frias, a lover of huskies, and a self-proclaimed connoisseur of sweet wine, holds a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing at Central Michigan University and is currently a third semester student in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Lesley University. It is no secret that she values her ever-growing collection of books over almost everything in her life, but what she values the most is her family and her Hispanic culture. Currently employed as an infant room Assistant Teacher, Michelle resides in Michigan where she is closest to the people she loves the most: her family.

 

Intern: Livia Hermiz
Livia Hermiz holds a Bachelors in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California, San Diego and is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originally from San Diego, California, Livia was born to Middle-Eastern immigrant parents, and has worked diligently to achieve the American dream, that her parents came to this country to provide for their children. Livia’s focus has always been fiction, but she also enjoys writing nonfiction, poetry, and children’s picture books.

 

Intern: Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker is a writer living in Boston, MA. She studied creative writing and film at Bridgewater State University and is currently a Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellow at the Solstice MFA Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Burrow Press Review, Cleaver Magazine, Colorado Review, Dirty Chai and others.