Each night during the Juniper Institute, acclaimed faculty and writers in residence read from their work. Readings are open to the public (suggested donation $5-$10). All readings are held on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus and begin at 7:30 pm. The reading schedule for the June 2014 Institute will be posted below in the spring.
On some mornings, the Juniper community gathers for moderated Q&As with one of the previous evening’s readers, providing participants with an interactive and engaging look at select writers’ work and the writing life. The morning Q&A sessions are not open to the public.
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.
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.
Juniper re-lit my creative fire!