Juniper Summer Writing Institute 2022 Reading Series



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Announcing the Juniper Summer Writing Institute

Reading Series, June 20–23, 2022


Amherst, MA: The Juniper Summer Writing Institute hosts readings of prose and poetry at the University of Massachusetts Monday, June 20th to Thursday, June 23th. Readings begin at 7:30 pm and are open to the public via livestream only. Register for the readings here.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, in association with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, gathers a community of writers to explore the creative process and develop new approaches to the craft of writing. It’s one week of intensive writing workshops, craft sessions, Q&As, readings, and manuscript consultation in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Amherst Books is partnering with Juniper this year and readers’ books will be available to purchase through this link (

Monday, June 20: Franny Choi & Toni Jensen


FRANNY CHOI is the author of several books, including, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), and a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She was a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and has also received awards from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Princeton University’s Lewis Center. TONI JENSEN is the author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice book (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen’s essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult and Ecotone.


Tuesday, June 21: Noy Holland & Evie Shockley


NOY HOLLAND received the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her books include I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories; the novel Bird; and three collections of short fiction—Swim for the Little One First, What Begins with Bird, and The Spectacle of the Body. EVIE SHOCKLEY is a poet and scholar. Her most recent poetry collections are the new black (Wesleyan, 2011) and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017); both won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the latter was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. Her poetry has appeared internationally in print and audio formats, in English and in translation.

Thursday, June 23: Gina Apostol & Arda Collins


GINA APOSTOL won the 2022 Rome Prize in Literature to write her next novel, The Treatment of Paz, on perils of womanhood among Filipino radicals in 1880s Europe. Another novel centering women and revolution, La Tercera, is out from Soho Press in January 2023. ARDA COLLINS Collins is the author of Star Lake (The Song Cave, 2022) and It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yales Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is a recipient of the Sarton Award for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, A Public Space, Colorado Review, jubilat, and elsewhere.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is supported, in part, by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Amherst Books, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, The Charles Hayden Foundation, The J.E. and Marjorie B. Pittman Foundation, and individual contributors.

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