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Readings are free to participants enrolled in the 2014 Juniper Institute, and open to the public for a fee. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 per evening. All readings begin at 7:30 pm, and are held in the Integrated Sciences Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The venue is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

Juniper Institute Reading Series:
June 22-28, 2014



NOY HOLLAND & JAMES TATE

 June 22

NOY HOLLAND’S collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First, What Begins with Bird, and The Spectacle of the Body. JAMES TATE 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.

EVIE SHOCKLEY & LENI ZUMAS

 June 23

EVIE SHOCKLEY is the author of the poetry collections the new black and a half-red sea, two chapbooks, and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. LENI ZUMAS is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator and the novel The Listeners, which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award.

THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS & MARY CAPONEGRO

 June 24

THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS is the author of Skin, Inc., and The Maverick Room, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. MARY CAPONEGRO is the author of Tales From the Next Village, The Star Café, Five Doubts, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down.

PAUL LISICKY, SABINA MURRAY, & ARISA WHITE

 June 25

PAUL LISICKY is the author of the novels Lawnboy and The Burning House; a memoir, Famous Builder; and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose. SABINA MURRAY is the author of Tales from the New World, Forgery, A Carnivore's Inquiry, Slow Burn, and The Caprices, which was awarded the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award. ARISA WHITE is the author of the poetry collections A Penny Saved and Hurrah's Nest, and chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon.

PETER GIZZI & LEIGH NEWMAN

 June 26

PETER GIZZI is the author of Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and In Defense of Nothing. LEIGH NEWMAN is the author of the memoir Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home.

TIMOTHY DONNELLY, RON HANSEN, & DOROTHEA LASKY

 June 27

TIMOTHY DONNELLY is the author of the poetry collections Twenty-seven Props for a Production of EineLebenszeit and The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. RON HANSEN is the author of eight novels, including Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, Hitler’s Niece, Exiles, and most recently A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories, and A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith & Fiction. DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of the poetry collections Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project, and Matter: A Picturebook.

DARA WIER & JOY WILLIAMS

 June 28

DARA WIER is the author of twelve books of poems, including You Good Thing, Selected Poems, Remnants of Hannah, Reverse Rapture, and Hat on a Pond. JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four novels, including The Quick and the Dead, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and three collections of stories.


james and thomas The Q&As were a fantastic follow-up to the readings. Some of the readings featured writers/poets with whom I was not familiar, and so having the opportunity to listen to their reading, spend a night considering it, then coming to Q&A the following morning was a wonderful setup.  

—’13 participant






The readings were, in a word, PHENOMENAL. I left each one with fragments of poetry spiraling through my head, energized, entertained, and eager to reflect and write…they opened my mind, bent my ear, and honed my pen toward possibility.

—’11 participant





Juniper re-lit my creative fire!

—’12 participant