Apr 7, 2006, 5:49 PM
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Yes, there are a number of series that go on.
Re: [oliviasfortunes] UMass (Fiction) Questions
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The Visiting Writers series is held on campus at Memorial Hall. People who have read (or will read) this academic year include David Ohle, Tomaz Salamun, William Gass, Russell Edson, Eleni Sikelianos and George Saunders. Usually the reading is preceded or followed by a Q&A session, which can be pretty entertaining.
The jubilat/Jones series is held upstairs at the Amherst public library. Recent readers include Dean Young, Tony Hoagland, Terrance Hayes, Jen Bervin, and my mind is going blank. These readings are also followed by a Q&A.
Amherst Books (the very, very good bookstore, though to be sure there are many, oh my god, Troubadour Books will floor you) has readings. Lidija Dimkovska read recently (such a pretty new book, from Ugly Duckling), as did Loren Goodman. They also lend their space for LiveLit, the UMass MFA student readings. Every few Fridays 3-4 poets and writers from the program read their work while the audience drinks beers that cost $1. At the first-year reading (rather a jam-packed evening) there was even musical accompaniment. It was really something.
Smith College, in Northampton, has readings as well. Let's see, Gary Snyder and Charles Bernstein spring to mind.
I am probably forgetting some things.