ABOUT THE KITCHEN TABLE READINGS
Join Grisel Y. Acosta, Tommye Blount, Vincent Toro, and host Iain Haley Pollock as they read poems from their kitchen tables or similar domestic spaces, amid the joyful chaos of their lives. (Fully expect the poets' partners, children, pets, etc., to show up.) Kitchen table because that's where all the best happen. Kitchen table because the public discourse and protestors in the street are vital but these smaller, more intimate conversations also have the power to transform. To change social systems, we need to change ourselves, and maybe for you these poems can be a means to that end.
As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for social justice and real cultural change.