UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers Hosts 2022 Juniper Literary Festival

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers Program announces the 2022 Juniper Literary Festival, April 1-2 at Old Chapel. Launched in 2001, the Juniper Literary Festival showcases exciting new writing and explores issues vital to the literary arts, helping to ensure their vitality, plurality and accessibility.

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This year, the Festival returns to an in-person event. Readings and receptions are free and open to members of the Five College community with valid school ID and the general public with proof of vaccination. Events are wheelchair accessible. Registration for each event is mandatory.

friday april 1st6 p.m.: The MFA will host a reading by a prose writer Mona Awad and poet May Der Vang. Previously the recipient of Amazon’s Best First Novel Award and the Colorado Book Award, Awad’s latest book, “Everything Is Fine,” is a searing indictment of society’s collective refusal to witness and believe in female pain. 2022 PEN America Literary Award finalist Vang’s “Yellow Rain” is a work of documentary, poetry and collage that calls for the erasure of history and the silence of Hmong refugees. A dedication and reception will follow the reading.

The revival of the long-running student reading series Live Lit — hosted by and featuring current MFA students — will end the evening at 8 p.m. Sign up for Friday night readings.

saturday april 24 p.m.: The MFA will again welcome four distinguished graduates for a reading and a conversation: Emily Hunt (MFA ’13), author of “Dark Green”; Robin McLean (MFA ’11), author of “Pity the Beast”; Wendy Xu (MFA ’14), author of “The Past”; and Jung Yun (MFA ’07), author of “O Beautiful”. Sign up for the graduate reading.

The 2022 Juniper Literary Festival is a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers’ Juniper Initiative and made possible through the generous support of Mass Cultural Council; UMass Arts Council; Provost’s Office; Office of Research and Engagement; High school; College of Humanities and Fine Arts; English Department; Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Women of Color Leadership Network; and Art Popularization Service.


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