The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Juniper Literary Festival

WHAT: The 2019 Juniper Literary Festival
WHEN: April 12-13, 2019
WHERE: UMass Amherst campus

We invite you to join us for the Juniper Literary Festival, held  April 12-13, 2019 on the UMass Amherst campus.

All readings and panel discussions, as well as the literary arts fair, are free, accessible, and open to the public!

The festival will also include a literary arts fair featuring pop-up readings, professional development opportunities for students with agents and editors, and information about internships with a variety of journals and small presses!

The fair will open 10:00am Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Exhibitors include:

Juniper Summer Institute
Fence Magazine
Massachusetts Review
Rescue Press

...and more!

Featured Readings:

 Horacio Castellanos Moya:
April 12, Old Chapel, 7pm

HORACIO CASTELLANOS MOYA is a writer and a journalist from El Salvador. He has published twelve novels, five short story collections, two essay books, and a diary. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages; six of them (Senselessness, The She-Devil in the mirror, Dance with Snakes, Tyrant memory, Revulsion and The Dream of My Return) are available in English. He was granted residencies in a program supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair (2004-2006) and in the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh (2006-2008). In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation. The Government of Chile awarded him the Manuel Rojas Iberoamerican Prize for Fiction 2014, for his body of work. As a journalist, he was editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country for two decades. Currently he is associate professor in the Spanish Creative Writing MFA at the University of Iowa.

Danez Smith:
April 13, Old Chapel, 7pm

DANEZ SMITH is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award; they also wrote [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez's work has been featured widely, appearing on platforms such as Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, “Homie”, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020. 

For the first time, a Reading by 5 College Writers:
April 13, 1pm, South College

SAMUEL ACE is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He has published several collections of poems, including Stealth, a collaborative work written with Maureen Seaton.
POLINA BARSKOVA has authored eight books of poetry and one book of prose in Russian. Three books of her poetry in English translation were published recently: This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press), Zoo in Winter (Melville House Press), Relocations (Zephyr Press).
ARDA COLLINS is the author of a collection of poems, It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.
NOY HOLLAND is the recipient of the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
SHAYLA LAWSON is the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook PANTONE and I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean.

Reading by UMass Alumni:
April 13, 4pm, Old Chapel

Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of the poetry collections The New Years (Rescue Press, 2014), M (Song Cave, 2015), and EARTH (Song Cave, 2019). She teaches at
Andrea Lawlor is the author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, a 2018 finalist for the Lambda Literary and CLMP Firecracker Awards.
Arisa White is the author of Perfect on Accident, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, Black Pearl, Post Pardon, A Penny Saved, and Hurrah's Nest.
Jung Yun is the author of Shelter, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

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