Juniper Literary Festival to be Held April 12-13

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The University of Massachusetts MFA for Poets and Writers will hold the 2019 Juniper Literary Festival April 12-13 on campus. All festival events are free, accessible and open to the public.

The Juniper Literary Festival celebrates the literary community of the region, the UMass MFA program 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 p.m. and poet Danez Smith on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Both readings will be in the Old Chapel.

On Saturday, April 13, the Literary Arts Fair opens at 10 a.m. in South College. 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 and publishers panel will include 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. 

Readings on Saturday by faculty writers at 1 p.m. in South College 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-MotlAndrea LawlorArisa White and Jung Yun at 4 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.

For the full schedule and event details, please visit the Juniper Festival’s webpage