Juniper Summer Writing Institute Hosts Reading Series from June 18-24

Juniper book signing

AMHERST, Mass. –The Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosts readings of prose and poetry from Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, June 24. Readings are open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in 135 Integrated Sciences Building. Books will be available for sale and the authors available for signings.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, a program of UMass Amherst’s MFA for Poets and Writers, brings together writers of all levels to work closely with world-renowned poets and writers. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir are the heart of the program that includes craft sessions and manuscript consultation with faculty and writers in residence. The concurrent Institute for Young Writers offers high-school students dynamic workshops in fiction and poetry, as well as craft sessions and studio sessions on the UMass Amherst campus, giving them a pre-college experience with a literary arts focus.

June 18: Emily Pettit and Joy Williams
Pettit is a poet, artist, editor and teacher, and the author of Goat in the Snow. She has taught and lectured at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts, Elms College and Smith College. Pettit is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat. Williams is the author of four collections of stories and four novels, including The Quick and the Dead, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and a book of essays, Ill Nature, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

June 19: Dara Wier and Tiphanie Yanique
Wieris the author of 12 books of poems, including You Good Thing, Selected Poems, Remnants of Hannah, Reverse Rapture, and Hat on a Pond. Yanique’s debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning, won the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014.

June 20: Arda Collins and Nathan Hill
Collins is the author of a collection of poems, It Is Daylight, which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Hill’s debut novel The Nix was a New York Times bestseller and named as one of the year's best books by Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell’s, IndieNext and Entertainment Weekly.

June 21: Amy Leach, Lydia Millet and Arisa White
Leach is the author of Things That Are, published by Milkweed Editions, and has been honored with the Whiting Writers' Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. Millet is the author of 11 works of literary fiction, most recently Sweet Lamb of Heaven. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle and Los Angeles Times book awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize. White is a Cave Canem fellow and author of Hurrah's Nest, which won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry. Her newest collection is You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened.

June 22: Timothy Donnelly and Rachel B. Glaser
Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit and The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. Glaser is the author of the story collection Pee On Water, the poetry books MOODS and Hairdo, and the novel Paulina & Fran. She was included this spring in Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

June 23: Sam Michel and Camille Rankine
Michel is the author of the short story collection Under the Light, the novels Big Dogs and Flyboys and Strange Cowboy: Lincoln Dahl Turns Five, and the forthcoming novel The Old Colonialists. Rankine is the author of the poetry collection Incorrect Merciful Impulses and the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected for the Poetry Society of America's New York Chapbook Fellowship.

June 24: Stephen Graham Jones, Paul Lisicky and Harryette Mullen
Jones is the author of sixteen novels, most recently Mongrels, six story collections, and some comic books in the works. Lisicky is the author of the memoirs, The Narrow Door and Famous Builder, the novels Lawnboy and The Burning House, and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose. Mullen has published seven poetry books, including Recyclopedia, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Sleeping with the Dictionary, a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is supported, in part, by the UMass Amherst English department and Graduate School, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Amherst Books, Factory Hollow Press, Fiction Collective 2, The Charles Hayden Foundation, Four Wings Photography, The Valley Advocate, The J.E. and Marjorie B. Pittman Foundation and the Edwin L. and Elizabeth L. Skelton Foundation, Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship Program, jubilat, The Massachusetts Review and individual contributors.