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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 open to the public (suggested donation $5-$10). All readings begin at 7:30 pm, and are held in the Integrated Sciences Building, Room 135, University of Massachusetts Amherst.



james and thomas 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









Juniper Institute Reading Series:
June 23-29, 2013


MARK DOTY & JOY WILLIAMS

June 23

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poems, including Fire to Fire: New & Selected Poems, and five volumes of nonfiction. Joy Williams is the author of four novels, including The Quick and the Dead, three collections of stories, and Ill Nature, a book of essays.

STACEY LEVINE & D.A. POWELL

June 24

Stacey Levine is the author of four books of fiction, including The Girl with Brown Fur, Frances Johnson, and My Horse and Other Stories. D.A. Powell is the author of Cocktails, Chronic, and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys.

PETER GIZZI & MAGGIE NELSON

June 25

Peter Gizzi is the author of Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum and other poems 1987-1992. Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction prose, including The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, and Bluets; and four books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes and Jane: A Murder.

ANTHONY DOERR, MATTHEA HARVEY & LISA OLSTEIN

June 26

Matthea Harvey is the author of three poetry collections, including Sad Little Breathing Machine and Modern Life. Anthony Doerr is the author of two story collections, Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; a novel, About Grace; and the nonfiction book Four Seasons in Rome. Lisa Olstein is the author of three collections of poetry: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, Lost Alphabet, and Little Stranger.

TIMOTHY DONNELLY & NOY HOLLAND

June 27

Timothy Donnelly is the author of two books of poetry: The Cloud Corporation and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit. 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.

BEN MARCUS, SUSAN STEINBERG & BETSY WHEELER

June 28

Ben Marcus is the author of the novel The Flame Alphabet, and the story collections The Age of Wire and String and Notable American Women, a novel. Susan Steinberg is the author of the story collections Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. Betsy Wheeler is the author of the poetry collection Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room, and Start Here, a poetry chapbook.


PAUL LISICKY & DARA WIER

June 29

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.