THE JUNIPER INITIATIVE FOR LITERARY ARTS AND ACTION brings the imaginative and visionary qualities of the literary arts into people's lives. In order to remain vital, the arts must remain in active dialogue with the world. By providing a home for programs expressive and supportive of the inherent humanity of literary pursuits, the Juniper Initiative serves as a national focal point and a regional home for literary art and action, working to ensure the vitality, plurality, and accessibility of the literary arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Western Massachusetts, and beyond. The Initiative reaches more than 10,000 participants each year through a dynamic range of programs including:
VISITING WRITERS SERIES: an historic, nationally renowned reading series presenting the finest emerging and established writers of poetry and fiction.
JUNIPER LITERARY FESTIVAL: NEW WRITERS/NEW WRITING: an annual festival focusing on new American poetry and fiction, featuring readings, roundtables, addresses, and an independent journal and book fair.
JUNIPER SUMMER WRITING INSTITUTE: an intensive week-long residency program with renowned faculty and writers in residence offering workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir; craft sessions; and readings.
JUNIPER INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG WRITERS: a companion program to the adult institute, offering workshops, craft sessions, readings, and seminars for high school writers, taught by advanced MFA candidates.
JUBILAT: an acclaimed international poetry journal publishing twice yearly the best in contemporary poetry along with art, interviews, and prose.
JUBILAT/JONES READING SERIES: a community-based public reading series presenting poetry readings and offering discussions and informal workshops to local and regional audiences.
WRITERS WORK: a series of forums exploring the wide range of careers in which writers and other artists apply their skills, pursue their passions, and earn their livings.
JUNIPER PRIZES IN POETRY AND FICTION: nationally recognized annual book prizes for first and subsequent collections of poetry (since 1974) and fiction (since 2004), administered with University of Massachusetts Press.
WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS: a project placing poets and writers in preK-6 and after-school classrooms to bring innovative writing curricula to regional schools.