jubilat/Jones Reading Series


Each year the jubilat/Jones Reading series holds five 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, and 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, email jubilat.jones@gmail.com.

Each reading takes place at The Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, in the Goodwin Room at 3pm

2019/2020 SCHEDULE

September 22, 2019 

Melanie Maria Goodreaux, author of Black Jelly, 2019 (A Gathering of the Tribes/Fly By Night Press) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and director-dramatist from New Orleans, Louisiana, living, writing, and creating in New York City.

Alicia Mountain's debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa, 2018), was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy to win the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the Thin Fire, selected by Natalie Diaz and published by BOAAT Press. She is a lesbian poet and a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver. Mountain earned her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula. She lives in New York. Keep up with her on twitter at @HiGroundCoward.

October 27, 2019

Gillian Conoley received the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. Her most recent collection: A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems is just out with Nightboat Books. Conoley is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at Sonoma State University where she edits Volt.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018), which won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Her second book won the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2021. She is currently a Visiting Writer at Amherst College.

November 17, 2019

Eric Baus is the author of five books of poetry: The Tranquilized Tongue, (City Lights 2014), Scared Text, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), and The To Sound, winner of the Verse Prize (Wave Books, 2004). How I Became a Hum is forthcoming from Octopus in 2019. He is also the author of several chapbooks, most recently The Rain Of The Ice (Above/Ground Press 2014). His poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Finnish.

Andrea Rexilius is the author of Sister Urn (Sidebrow, Spring 2019),  New Organism: Essais (Letter Machine, 2014), Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012), and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011),  as well as the chapbooks, Séance (Coconut Books, 2014), and To Be Human (Horseless Press, 2010). She is Core Faculty in Poetry, and Program Coordinator, for the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University.

February 9, 2020 – Heather Christle & TBA

April 5, 2020 – TBA