April 13 & 14, 2012
Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst

On April 13 & 14, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers will host the 12th annual Juniper Literary Festival: New Writers/New Writing. Focusing on the ever-changing landscape of new American poetry and fiction, the festival showcases emerging poets and fiction writers alongside dozens of independent journals and presses in a unique national event. Featuring readings by diverse and talented poets and writers, roundtables on crucial creative and professional issues, and a press fair, the festival introduces audiences to vital contemporary writing and explores issues essential to the future of American literature.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 13
6:30 pm JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR opening reception

7:30 pm READING with Robert Fernandez, Amelia Gray, Anna Moschovakis, & Vincent Standley

Saturday, April 14
11:30 am JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR continues

12:00 pm READING with Christopher DeWeese, Corwin Ericson, Julia Holmes, & Paul Legault

Nuts & Bolts: From Manuscript to Book
moderated by Zach Savich

Digital Hybrids: How New Media Shape New Writing
moderated by Blake Butler

Editors' Reading featuring bateau, Conjunctions, jubilat, & Noö Journal

Book/Art: The Book As Collaborative Form
moderated by Guy Pettit

3:45 pm READING with Blake Butler, Macgregor Card, Julia Cohen, & Anna Joy Springer

7:00 pm JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR reopens

7:30 pm KEYNOTE READING with James Tate, celebrating the publication of Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems

All events take place at the UMASS FINE ARTS CENTER. Free and open to the public.

Blake Butler's most recent books are There is No Year (Harper Perennial, 2011)and Nothing (Harper Perennial, 2011). He edits HTMLGiant & lives in Atlanta.

Macgregor Card is the author of a full-length collection, Duties of An English Foreign Secretary (Fence Books, 2009) and a chapbook, The Archers (Song Cave Books, 2011). His poems can be found in On the Escape, Telephone, Clock, Vlak, Jupiter 88, Poor Claudia, EOAGH, Supermachine, Bright Pink Mosquito, The Brooklyn Rail and Fence. From 1997-2005 he co-edited The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research with Andrew Maxwell (archives at He serves as Associate Editor at the Modern Language Association, teaches poetry at Pratt Institute, and curates the Monday night reading series at The Poetry Project. In 2012 he'll be coordinating Private Line with Kendra Sullivan & Megan Ewing, a monthly series at Gowanus Studio Space. He lives in Queens.

Julia Cohen is the author of one full-length book, TriggermoonTriggermoon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011) and ten chapbooks. Her poetry can be found in journals like jubilat, Colorado Review, New American Writing, and Octopus. She is the co-editor of Saltgrass and the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly.

Christopher DeWeese is the author of The Black Forest (Octopus Books, 2012). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, jubilat, and Tin House. He teaches at Smith College and UMass.

Corwin Ericson lives in western Massachusetts where he works as a writer, editor, and professor. He is the author of the novel Swell (Dark Coast Press, 2011) and Checked Out OK (Factory Hollow Press, 2012), a collection of police reports.

Robert Fernandez is the author of We Are Pharaoh (Canarium Books, 2011) and Pink Reef, forthcoming from Canarium Books in the spring of 2013. He is the recipient of awards from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry, and he was recently named a New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America. With the poet Mary Hickman, he edits the chapbook press Cosa Nostra Editions.

Amelia Gray is the author of AM/PM (Featherproof Books, 2009) and Museum of the Weird (FC2, 2010). Her first novel, THREATS, is due March 2012 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Julia Holmes was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and grew up in the Middle East, Texas, and New York. Her first novel, Meeks, published in 2010 by Small Beer Press, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and an Indie Next Notable Book. She’s a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction.

Paul Legault is the author of three books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), and an English-to-English translation of the complete works of Emily Dickinson, forthcoming from McSweeney's. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a B.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Pleiades, and other journals. Co-founder of Telephone Books, Legault lives in Brooklyn, NY where he works at the Academy of American Poets.

Anna Moschovakis is the author of two books of poems, I Have Not Been Able To Get Through To Everyone (Turtle Point Press, 2006) and You And Three Others Are Approaching A Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011). Her translations from the French include texts by Henri Michaux, Claude Cahun, Theophile Gauthier, Pierre Alféri, and BlaiseCendrars, as well as the books The Jokers by Albert Cossery (New York Review Books, 2010), The Possession by Annie Ernaux (Seven Stories Press, 2008), and The Engagement by Georges Simenon (New York Review Books, 2007). Since 2002 Moschovakis has served as an editor, designer, administrator, and printer at Ugly Duckling Presse. Currently a freelance editor and a visiting professor in the Writing department at Pratt Institute, she splits her time between Brooklyn and Delaware County, NY.

Anna Joy Springer is a writer and visual artist who lives in LA and Associate Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, where she teaches fiction and experimental writing, graphic texts, alternative pedagogies, and contemporary literature. She writes about love, spiritual encounters, and the perverse. Her books are The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace, 2009) and The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis, 2011). She sang in the bands Blatz, The Gr'ups, and Cypher in the Snow.

Vincent Standley's fiction has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Post Road, Esquire, Parakeet, Colorado Review, Quarterly West, and Encyclopedia. Non-fiction has appeared in the anthology Rules of Thumb, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, and The Paris Review. He is the former editor of 3rd bed. A Mortal Affect (Calamari Press, 2011) is his first novel.

James Tates is the author of seventeen books of poetry and several collections of prose, including Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems, The Ghost Soldiers, Return to the City of White Donkeys, Memoir of the Hawk, and The Route as Briefed. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award, he has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters.

A program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers’ Juniper Initiative.

In partnership with Canarium Books, Dark Coast Press, Factory Hollow Press, FC2, Featherproof Books, Fence Books, & Small Beer Press.

Cosponsored by Black Ocean, Council for Literary Magazines and Presses, Coffee House Press, The Common, Hobart, Hugo House, Kenyon Review, Minutes Books, Noö Journal/Magic Helicopter Press, Omnidawn, Robert Walser Society of Western Massachusetts, Sackett Street Writers, UMass Fine Arts Center, The Valley Advocate, Wave Books, & Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University.

Made possible by the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Department of English, Vice Provost of Research and Engagement, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Arts Council.