The University of Massachusetts Press, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, is pleased to announce this year’s Juniper Literary Prize winners.

Juniper Prize for Poetry

Chelsea Jennings is winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Poetry: First Book prize for her collection Transmission Loss. Jennings is a Seattle-based writer and educator. She has been the recipient of a “Discovery”/Boston Review award, the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december, the Robert and Adele Schiff Award from the Cincinnati Review, and the annual poetry prize from the Black Warrior Review. Her poetry has also appeared in Sugar House Review, Madison Review, Mississippi Review, Sycamore Review, Poet Lore, and Best New Poets. Her critical writing about poetry can be found in Contemporary Literature and the Journal of Modern Literature.

Timothy O’Keefe is the winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Poetry with his collection You Are the Phenomenology. He is the author of The Goodbye Town, winner of the 2010 FIELD Poetry Prize. His poems and lyric essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Seneca Review, VOLT, and elsewhere. He teaches writing and literature at Piedmont College, where he directs the creative writing program. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Juniper Prize for Fiction

Yang Huang is the winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Fiction with her collection of ten related stories My Old Faithful. Huang grew up in China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Her essay, stories, and screenplay have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Nuvein, and Stories for Film. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works for the University of California at Berkeley.

Malinda McCollum is the winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Fiction with her collection The Surprising Place: Stories. Her short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Epoch, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XXVIII, The Worst Years of Your Life, and The Paris Review Book of People with Problems. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and a Wallace Stegner/John L’Heureux Fellowship from the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa. She currently teaches writing at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina.

We wish to express our thanks to all of the writers who participated in this year’s Juniper Prize competition.