The Juniper Summer Writing Institute hosts readings of prose and poetry at the University of Massachusetts Sunday, June 17 to Saturday, June 23rd.
Readings are open to the public and begin at 7:30 pm in the Bezanson Recital Hall—Fine Arts Center. Books will be available for sale, and the authors available for signings.
The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program 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 guest writers.
Sunday, June 17: Bianca Stone and Joy Williams BIANCA STONE is a poet and visual artist. Her books include Poetry Comics
From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), the illustrated edition of Antigonick, (New Directions, 2012) a collaboration with Anne Carson, and most recently The Mobius Strip Club of Grief, (Tin House, 2018). JOY WILLIAMS is the author of five story collections 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.
Monday, June 18: Stephen Graham Jones and Evie Shockley STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES is the author of 16 novels, most recently Mongrels, six story collections, and some comics. He has received an NEA fellowship in fiction and other accolades. EVIE SHOCKLEY is the author of the new black, for which she won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), among other collections of poetry. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize.
Tuesday, June 19: Terrance Hayes, Eileen Myles and Lisa Olstein TERRANCE HAYES is the author of five poetry collections. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a
2014 MacArthur fellowship. He is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts. EILEEN MYLES is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and others. LISA OLSTEIN is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire (Copper Canyon, 2017). She co-founded and for ten years directed the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Wednesday, June 20: Rickey Laurentiis and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton RICKEY LAURENTIIS is the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery award. MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON was a recipient of the Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Thursday, June 21: Camille Rankine, Matthew Zapruder and Leni Zumas CAMILLE RANKINE’S first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon. She is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow. MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry and Why Poetry, a book of prose.
An associate professor in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also editor at large at Wave Books. LENI ZUMAS is the author of three books of fiction: Red Clocks, The Listeners, and Farewell Navigator. She lives in Oregon, where she teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Portland State University.
Friday, June 22: Noy Holland accompanied by Arthur Flowers, and Dorothea Lasky ARTHUR FLOWERS is the author of novels, nonfiction and graphic works including Mojo Rising - Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman, and I See the Promised Land. NOY HOLLAND’S I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories, was published by Counterpoint in January 2017. She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Milk (Wave Books, 2018). An assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers and lives in New York City.
Saturday, June 23: Mitchell S. Jackson, Paul Lisicky and Dara Wier MITCHELL S. JACKSON’S debut novel is The Residue Years. He received a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. PAUL LISICKY is the author of memoirs, novels, and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose. DARA WIER’S newest book of poems is in the still of the night (Wave Books, 2017). She is a publisher and editor of the small independent press factory hollow press, and the literary magazine jubilat.
She co-founded the Juniper Initiative for literary arts and action and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Workshops.