Poets, Writers, Creators
Quintin Collins ((he/him) is a poet, writer, and editor. In his professional career before becoming the Solstice MFA Program's Assistant Director, he spent more than five years in the digital marketing field, where he applied his expertise to managing and developing teams of writers and executing editorial content strategy for clients of various industries, most notably higher education. During that time, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing for Poetry from the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College. Quintin attributes his success in publication to the many educators he has had on his path to his current role. As a result of their guidance, he has had work appear in Ghost City Review, Kissing Dynamite, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and many other notable publications. He also earned a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2019 and was a finalist for the 2020 Alice James Award.
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Brian Gilmore is a poet, writer, public interest attorney, and columnist with the Progressive Media Project. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (1997) and Kimbilio Fellow (2014). He is the author of two collections of poetry: elvis presley is alive and well and living in harlem, and Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: Poems for Duke Ellington. He teaches law at the Michigan State University College of Law.
FRANK THOMAS ROSEN
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Frank Thomas Rosen grew up in East Germany and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall while studying English and Russian at the University of Potsdam in 1989. He moved to the United States in 1997. After earning his BA and MA in English and TESL, he taught English and ESL at universities and community colleges in Northeast Ohio for over ten years. After finishing his ADN/RN degree in 2010 (BSN/RN in 2014), he worked as an emergency nurse for six years, and after earning his MSN/FNP degree in 2017, he started working as a Nurse Practitioner for an FQHC, serving uninsured and homeless patients in the Cleveland Metro area. In his poems, he addresses recurring themes of sociopolitical injustice, cross-cultural struggle, and civil rights. He has published one book of poetry: scratches (2003), German-English. The book project was part of the Ohio Arts Council - Dresden Artist Exchange program.