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2021 Juniper Literary Festival: Toni Jensen and Juliana Spahr

Prose writer Toni Jensen and poet Juliana Spahr read from their work and discuss their commitment to art and climate activism. Malcolm Sen will moderate a conversation following the reading.

Toni Jensen is the author of Carry, a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, land and Indigenous women’s lives (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen's essays have appeared in OrionCatapult and Ecotone, among others. She is also the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. She teaches in the MFA Programs at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.

Juliana Spahr's most recent book of poetry is That Winter the Wolf Came.

Malcolm Sen teaches in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focuses on questions of sovereignty, sustainability, migration, and race as they emerge in climate change discourse. His monograph, entitled Unnatural Disasters: Literature, Climate Change and Sovereignty, will be published by Syracuse University Press in 2021. Sen is co-editor of Postcolonial Studies and the Challenges for the New Millennium (Routledge, 2016), and a co-editor of Race in Irish Literature and Culture (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022). He is the editor of The History of Irish Literature and the Environment (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021). Other recent publications include essays on SARS CoV2’s intersectional effects, and modernist apocalypses in poetry and prose.

Free and open to the public, registration is required.


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.