Visiting Poets and Writers

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers now has its own reading series, curated especially for our young writers. On three evenings of the weeklong institute, a guest writer will read from their work, followed by a question and answer session. Juniper participants have a chance to talk shop with young talents who are at the beginning of their careers, hear how they got started as writers, and reflect with them on the writing process.

Visiting Poets and Writers for the 2019 institute will be announced this winter! Here are the writers from summer 2018:

Franny Choi author photoFranny Choi

Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014), and a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), and the forthcoming Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post and PBS NewsHour, and her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and the Senior News Editor at Hyphen magazine. Read a poem in The Adroit Journal and many more via her website.



Simeon Marsalis author photoSimeon Marsalis

Simeon Marsalis was born in 1990 and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013. He is from New Rochelle, New York, and has lived in New York City and New Orleans. His debut novel, As Lie Is to Grin, was published by Catapult in 2017 and shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Read a review of his novel.





Brynne Rebele-Henry author photoBrynne Rebele-Henry

Brynne Rebele-Henry has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Fiction International, The Volta, Rookie, Adroit, PANK, Revolver, and So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including the 2016 Adroit Prize for Prose, the 2015 Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a 2017 Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. Her first book Fleshgraphs appeared from Nightboat Books in 2016. Her second book, Autobiography of a Wound, won the 2017 AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2019. Read a short story in Inklette and visit her website.