Press Release


Contact: Tanya Whiton, Assistant Director
[Chestnut Hill, MA, June 2011]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is proud to announce that Solstice graduate Hannah Goodman has launched a new online literary journal, Sucker Literary Magazine, featuring fiction for young adult readers.

On graduating from the Solstice MFA Program, Ms. Goodman found that very few literary journals were publishing work by writers whose work is for teens, and she and her fellow graduates had written stories that were ready to send out into the world. A busy mother of two with her own business, Ms. Goodman nonetheless decided to take a big step toward addressing that problem by launching a journal of her own.

And so, Sucker Literary Magazine was created: a magazine where raw, undiscovered, talented writers for young adults have the opportunity to strut their stuff. As Ms. Goodman writes on the magazine’s site: “Bring on your skateboarding vampires, angst ridden, nerd-boy who has never been kissed, or girl crushing on her best friend (be it girl or boy).”

Hannah Goodman is the author of the YA novel My Sister’s Wedding, which won first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published a follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. Her third book, Fear of Falling, was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She has published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She has also written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald.

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 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 real cultural change.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at


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