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Each night during the Juniper Institute, acclaimed faculty and writers in residence read from their new and selected work. Readings are free for participants enrolled in the 2015 Juniper Institute. General public may purchase tickets at the door for $5 per evening. All readings will be held on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at the Integrated Sciences Building, room 135, 661 North Pleasant Street. Please note that there will be plenty of free parking and the event is in an accessible venue.

Juniper Institute Reading Series: 
June 21-27, 2015

 
CHRISTOPHER DEWEESE, MITCHELL S. JACKSON & JAMES TATE
June 21
  CHRISTOPHER DeWEESE is the author of The Black Forest. His second book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, will be published by Octopus Books in 2015. MITCHELL S. JACKSON’s novel, The Residue Years, was a finalist for several major awards, including the PEN / Hemingway award for first fiction. 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.
 
YANNICK MURPHY, CHRISTINE SCHUTT & EMILY PETTIT
June 22
  YANNICK MURPHY is the author of This is the Water; The Call; Signed, Mata Hari; Here They Come; and The Sea of Trees, as well as two story collections and several children's books.CHRISTINE SCHUTT is the author of two short story collections and three novels. Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award finalist; her second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. EMILY PETTIT is the author of Goat in the Snow. She is a writer, visual artist, teacher, an editor for Factory Hollow Press, and the Publisher of jubilat.
 
MATTHEA HARVEY & JOY WILLIAMS
June 23
  MATTHEA HARVEY is the author of five books of poetry--If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb, Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human FormJOY 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.
 
ZACHARY SCHOMBURG & NOY HOLLAND
 
  ZACHARY SCHOMBURG is the author of The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean 2014), and 3 previous books of poems. NOY HOLLAND's collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf).
 
OKEY NDIBE, ARISA WHITE & EULIA BISS
June 25
  OKEY NDIBE is a novelist, political commentator, and essayist—and the author of the novels Arrows of Rain, and most recently, Foreign Gods, Inc. ARISA WHITE is the author of the poetry collections A Penny Saved and Hurrah's Nest, and chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon. EULA BISS is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists
 
PAUL LISICKY & DARA WIER
June 26
  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. 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.
 
HEATHER CHRISTLE & BRIAN EVENSON
June 27
  HEATHER CHRISTLE is the author of four poetry collections, including The Trees The Trees, which won the Believer Poetry Award, What Is Amazing and most recently, Heliopause. BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye and the novel Immobility, both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. 
   










 


“The readings were a marvelous way to end each day. They were relaxing after a long day, yet also stimulating and inspiring at the same time.”

—’14 participant

The Q&A's were very enjoyable, informative, inspiring… Somehow getting to know an author, and their writing practice better, helps to affirm similarities and confirm differences between their style/my style...interests and influences.”  

—’14 participant