Announcing the 2021 Juniper Prize Winners!

UMass Press and the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are pleased to announce the 2021 winners of the Juniper Literary Prizes! These works will be published in the spring of 2022.

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Legends of the Common Stream

For over twenty years, John Hanson Mitchell has visited Beaver Brook almost daily. Legends of the Common Stream combines a natural history of Beaver Brook with a study of the people who lived on this land and a meandering, but stunning, examination of the myths and legends that can help us to better understand humanity’s relationship to the natural world.


Sailing to Freedom

By the mid-nineteenth century an increasing number of enslaved people had fled northward along the Atlantic seaboard. While scholarship on the Underground Railroad has focused almost exclusively on overland escape routes from the antebellum South, this groundbreaking volume expands our understanding of how freedom was achieved by sea and what the journey looked like for many African Americans.

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How to Love Everyone and Almost Get Away with It

Part confessional, part kitsch, and often self-deprecating, this debut collection offers an honest and tender exploration of love’s necessary absurdity. Lara Egger asks: Who put the end in crescendo, the over in lover? Are metaphors always reliable witnesses? Why does the past sleep with us when we hope the person beside us is the future?

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Bruce Bond explores the psychology of endings as a living presence that haunts our spiritual, moral, and ecological imaginations, elevates its summons, and draws us to question its significance. The horrors and glories in the revelations of John of Patmos provide a lens into a wound, a crisis of values, a longing to heal a visionary brokenness that is fundamentally solitary and yet contemporary, written against a door that will not open.


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