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2021 Juniper Literary Festival: Alumni Reading and Conversation

Readings & conversation with renowned alumni Sueyuen Juliette Lee (MFA '06), Travis Nichols (MFA '04), Jason Schwartz (MFA '06), and Leni Zumas (MFA '04). Molly Dorozenski (MFA '04) will moderate a conversation following the reading.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up 3 miles from the CIA and currently lives in Denver, Colorado, where she works as a nonprofit director for progressive social justice funder Chinook Fund. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, she's held international artist residencies in video art, poetry, and dance. Her books include Solar Maximum (Futurepoem, 2015), No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore, 2017), and Aerial Concave Without Cloud (Nightboat, 2021). Her essays and reviews explore race, contemporary poetics, and the avant garde. Find her at silentbroadcast.com

Travis Nichols is the author of two novels, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder and The More You Ignore Me, as well as two poetry collections, Iowa and See Me Improving. With Katie Geha, he co-edited the anthology Poets on Painters from Wichita State University Press. He currently lives in Georgia and is the Media Director for Greenpeace USA.

Jason Daniel Schwartz is a strategic communicator focusing on climate, economic justice, and workers’ rights. For ten years, he has developed and executed national and state-level campaigns to change policy and pressure corporations while on staff at numerous environmental and labor organizations. Now working as a consultant, Jason helps lead campaigns to hold Amazon accountable for its harms, to push large financial institutions to take responsibility for their impact on climate and human rights, to organize a multiracial working class coalition across rural America, and in multiple fights to defeat oil pipelines in North America. His fiction has appeared in Black Warrior ReviewDenver QuarterlyElimae, in a chapbook from Corollary Press, and others. He is a founder of New Herring Press. He also collaborates with his wife, the artist Sara Jimenez. In 2020 they exhibited public pieces at the Brooklyn Gallery Five Myles, the Pelham Art Center, and as part of the international Art-Off Screen Exhibition. Jason lives in Brooklyn.

Leni Zumas is the author of Farewell Navigator: Stories and the novels The Listeners and Red Clocks, which won the 2019 Oregon Book Award and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the Neukom Award for Speculative Fiction. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in GrantaThe Times Literary SupplementGuernicaBOMBThe CutTin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Oregon and teaches in the creative writing program at Portland State University.

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Inaugurated in 2001, the Juniper Literary Festival showcases exciting new writing and explores issues vital to the literary arts, helping to ensure their vitality, plurality, and accessibility. This year's Juniper Literary FestivalThe World and The Word: Literature of the Ecological Crisis, is part of TRANSFORMING CRISIS, an interdisciplinary, semester-long series devoted to illuminating ecological crises and addressing climate injustice.