The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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. Here are the visiting poets and writers from the 2019 Institute:


Gabriel BumpGabriel Bump

Gabriel Bump is from South Shore, Chicago. His first two novels—Everywhere You Don’t Belong and The New Naturals—are forthcoming from Algonquin Books. He received his MFA from UMass-Amherst. Find him on Instagram @bumperg or follow him on twitter @gabrieljbump.



Romeo RomeroRomeo Romero

Romeo Romero is a Puerto Rican/Jewish bicoastal poet & educator who writes about diaspora, dysphoria, ancestors, and being a being in a body. They love playing in the ocean, climbing trees, and pretending to be both those things. Their day job is working with a youth-led restorative justice program, which gives them hope every day that the world we want is not only possible, but inevitable.

Romeo is also a skilled facilitator with an M. Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in Queer & Ethnic Studies from Fairhaven College. Find more info on their website