Workshops are led by top MFA candidates from the renowned University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers who design curricula especially for the Institute setting. Studio courses are facilitated by artists and experienced teachers at the forefront of their fields.
Young writers additionally have the opportunity to interact with the acclaimed faculty and writers in residence of the concurrent Juniper Institute for adults through Q&A sessions and evening readings.
Caroline Crew is the editor of ILK journal. Her own poems appear in Sixth Finch, PANK and Salt Hill Journal, among others. She has studied at St. Andrews, Emory and Oxford, and is currently an MFA candidate at UMass-Amherst. Visit her website or read a poem.
Emily Hunt is an artist and poet living in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Volta, Sea Ranch, Conduit, and elsewhere. Visit her website or read a poem.
Rachael Katz is a fiction writer completing her MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work has recently appeared in Paper Darts and New South Magazine, and is forthcoming in NOÖ Journal and Bat City Review. Her interests include the expanded genre, marginalia, radical pedagogy, polymathic jellyfish, and the book as an art object.
Ted Powers is a poet in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at UMass-Amherst. His poems have been published in Sixth Finch, Jellyfish, Strange Machine, GlitterPony and elsewhere. Visit his website or read a poem.
Jonathan Volk is a fiction writer and teaches writing in Western Massachusetts. You can find his work in Black Warrior Review, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, and others. He is working on a novel about a haunted pregnancy. Read a story by Jonathan.
YOUNG WRITER STUDIO ARTISTS
Meredith Broberg is a mixed-media artist who works with drawing, printmaking, photography, and book forms. Meredith teaches Artists’ Books at Hampshire College, as well as book and print workshops at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio. She has a BA from Carleton College and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Her prints are included in the collections of the Decordova Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, the University of the South, and the Boston Public Library.
Patrick Gaughan’s poems and writings have been featured in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, MOMA, PEN America, Everyday Genius, Coldfront, and others. He works for jubilat, and with Avram Kline, he curates PeopleHerd's Readings at Milk & Roses.
Alix Olson has been an internationally touring spoken word artist for the past fifteen years, performing throughout Europe and the United States. She is the co-author of Burning Down the House and the editor of Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. Twice headlining HBO's Def Poetry Jam, Alix's work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Out, Ms.Magazine, and The Advocate. Alix is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Political Theory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Visit her website.
Jean Potter is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in Printmedia and Bookbinding. She has taught bookbinding classes in North Carolina and Western Massachusetts and is honored to work with some of the most wonderful students around. Jean is the hands and heart behind Rockpile Bindery, where she crafts one of a kind books and custom bindings and spreads the love for bookbinding throughout the Pioneer Valley.