jubilat/Jones Reading Series

Each year the jubilat/Jones Reading series holds six readings at Amherst's Jones Library. Readings are followed by a question and answer session during which visitors can talk with the poets. All readings are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library, jubilat, & the Juniper Initiative of the UMass MFA Program for Poets & Writers. This program is also supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information call 413.577.1064 or email jubilat@gmail.com

jubilat/Jones Reading Series

Spring 2015 Reading Schedule
All readings are held at the Jones Library in Amherst at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 8th – Samuel Amadon and Matthea Harvey

Samuel Amadon is the author of Like a Sea, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and The Hartford Book from Cleveland State University Poetry Center. His poems have appeared in Poetry, A Public Space, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is the author of four chapbooks, including Each H from Ugly Duckling Presse. He co-founded the chapbook press Projective Industries. Amadon received his MFA from Columbia University in 2007. Recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he has been awarded the Carol Houck Smith Scholarship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry from Inprint Houston. He received his PhD from the University of Houston and teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina, where he edits the journal Oversound with Liz Countryman.

Matthea Harvey was born in Germany, spent her childhood in England, and moved to Milwaukee with her family when she was eight years old. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate and the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Iowa. Her collections of poems include Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (2000), Sad Little Breathing Machine (2004), Modern Life (2007), Of Lamb (2011), and If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? (2014). She has also published two children's books: The Little General and the Giant Snowflake (2009, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel) and Cecil the Pet Glacier (2012, illustrated by Giselle Potter). Harvey has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Warren Wilson, the Pratt Institute, the University of Houston, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been contributing editor to jubilat and BOMB. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sunday, April 5th – Julia Cohen and Emily Kendal Frey

Julia Cohen is the author of Triggermoon Triggermoon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her work appears in journals like Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, jubilat, New American Writing. She is the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly and curates the Bad Shadow Affair reading series.

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of the full-length poetry collections The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books, 2014); the chapbooks Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010), and Airport (Blue Hour, 2009); as well as three chapbook collaborations. Frey's The Grief Performance was selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center's 2010 First Book Prize by Rae Armantrout. She also won the Poetry Society of America's 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. Frey's poetry also appears in journals such as Octopus and The Oregonian. Frey received a BA from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and an MFA from Emerson College in Boston. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Fall 2014 Reading Schedule
All readings are held at the Jones Library in Amherst at 3:00 pm

September 21, 2014 Reading with Arda Collins and Matthew Rohrer
Arda Collins is the author of a collection of poems, It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds a PhD from the University of Denver.She has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently teaches at NYU.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, Destroyer and Preserver, and a recent Dikembe Press chapbook A Ship Loaded With Sequins Has Gone Down. He's received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart prize, was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. He teaches in the creative writing program at NYU and in the NYU Low Res program in Paris, and lives in Brooklyn.

November 9, 2014 Reading with Shane McCrae and Caryl Pagel

December 7, 2014 Reading with Graham Foust and Betsy Wheeler.