5th Annual Amherst Poetry Festival

September 14 – 17

Thursday, September 14

A Screening of My Letter to the World @ Amherst Cinema, 7 p.m.

A Letter to the World video

Friday, September 15

Poetry Workshops for Students


7 pm –  Poetry in the Planetarium, Bassett Planetarium
Poets: TBD

9 pm – Pizza & Poetry at the Emily Dickinson Homestead



Saturday, September 16

Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon @ the Emily Dickinson Museum

Public Poetry Workshops, including:

Nature Poetry Writing

Facilitator David Leff, New England National Scenic Poet Trail poet-in-residenct

Janet MacFadyen, Managing Editor, Slate Roof Press. Panel of 5 on the poet, the artist, the printer: How to Make a Chapbook.

Burleigh Muten, family writing workshop

Don Chellotti,  Guest Curator for E.E. Cummings exhibit at Hope & Feathers Gallery

Laimah Osman, Drop In workshop: making visual poetry with basic printmaking techniques

EVENING FEATURE: Kaveh Akbar, James Tate Memorial Stage


Celebration with live music & libations

Spoken Word, Flash Poetry, and EE Cummings
at Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery


A special event in conjunction with the “His Twin Obsession: The Art of E.E. Cummings” exhibit and the Amherst Poetry Festival, featuring readings of Cummings’ poems, poems inspired by Cummings artworks, and poetry mad-libs! 

Over 30 artworks by the poet will be on view. Stop by, get inspired, and write a short poem on one of the vintage typewriters in the gallery, or bring a friend and do a Cummings-inspired mad-lib. Stop by the gallery anytime between September 7th-16th to write your mini-masterpiece.

Readers will include local poets, organized and emcee’d by Alison Murchie, local writer and creator of the popular monthly “Unbuttoned” spoken word evenings in Easthampton. Event starts at 4:30pm, readings begin at 5pm.

Sunday, September 17

jubilat/Jones Reading Series

The jubilat/Jones Reading Series begins its 19th year with the first reading of the 2017-18 season on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the Goodwin Room of the Jones Library.   This reading will feature the poetry of Kevin González, Caryl Pagel, and Emily Pettit, and caps off the events of this year’s Amherst Poetry Festival.

Kevin González is the author of a collection of poems, Cultural Studies, and the co-editor of The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. His fiction has appeared in PloughsharesPloughshares SolosPlayboyNarrativeVirginia Quarterly ReviewOxford American, and has been anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best New American Voices. He teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and is an editor at jubilat

Caryl Pagel is the author of two collections of poetry, Twice Told (H_NG M_N Books, 2014) and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNIDenver QuarterlyEntropyEssay PressThe Iowa Review, and The Mississippi Review, among other journals, and she is currently at work on a collection of essays. Caryl is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press, a poetry editor at jubilat, and the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA Program in Eastern Ohio.

Emily Pettit is a poet, artist, editor, and teacher from Western, Massachusetts. She has taught and lectured at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts, Elms College, and Smith College. Emily is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat. Her collection of poems Goat In The Snowwas published by Birds LLC .

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