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2019 Juniper Literary Festival

Event Details

April 12, 2019 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
April 13, 2019 10:00 am-8:30 pm

All Campus

Free admission
Jennifer Jacobson

The University of Massachusetts MFA for Poets and Writers announces the 2019 Juniper Literary Festival. All events are free, accessible, and open to the public.

The Juniper Literary Festival celebrates the literary community of the region, the UMass MFA Program present, past, and future, and the intersections of those communities with the larger literary world. Featured readers include novelist, short story writer, and journalist Horacio Castellanos Moya on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. and poet Danez Smith on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Both readings will be in the Old Chapel.

On Saturday, April 13, the Literary Arts Fair opens at 10:00 a.m. in South College on the UMass Amherst campus. The Fair features representatives from new and established journals and presses, including Massachusetts Review, Paperbark Magazine, Rescue Press, Factory Hollow Press, jubilat, St. Petersburg Review, and others.

Also on Saturday, the Editors & Publishers Panel includes Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), Katie Raissian (Grove Atlantic), and Zach Savich (Rescue Press) discussing what they're looking for, how to submit to literary magazines, and the behind-the-scenes editorial process. The audience is encouraged to bring questions. Check out our website for times and locations.

Readings on Saturday include Five College Writers: a Reading by Faculty Writers From Across the Valley at 1:00 p.m. in South College which will feature Samuel Ace (Mount Holyoke), Polina Barskova (Hampshire), Arda Collins (Smith), Noy Holland (UMass Amherst) and Shayla Lawson (Amherst) in South College, followed by a UMass MFA Alumni reading by Hannah Brooks-Motl, Andrea Lawlor, Arisa White & Jung Yun at 4:00 p.m.

Since 2001, the Juniper Literary Festival has showcased exciting new writing and explored issues vital to the literary arts, helping to ensure their vitality, plurality, and accessibility. The Juniper Festival is produced by the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. The Festival is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the UMass College for Humanities and Fine Arts; English Department; Arts Council; Stonewall Center; Program in Comparative Literature; Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies; Translation Center; and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, as well as the Amherst College Queer Resource Center, English Department, and Center for Creative Writing, The Massachusetts Review, Factory Hollow Press, jubilat, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and our generous alumni.

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Event Category

Literature Juniper Institute