Amherst College, Merrill Science Center, Lecture Hall 1
Perhaps it’s the close attention to reading, the classic New England landscape or reverberations in the air left by Dickinson and Frost. Whatever the reason, Amherst has long been a wellspring for poetry, and generations of Amherst alums have achieved remarkable success in the literary world. In this reading and discussion, moderated by Jennifer Acker ’00, founder and editor-in-chief of The Common, six emerging and established poets, critics, and essayists read from their work and talk about the ways their literary lives thread through Johnson Chapel and beyond. Featuring Rafael Campo ’87, Rachel Nelson ’99, Brian Simoneau ’99, and Tess Taylor ’99. A book signing will follow. Presented by the Class of 1999.
It's that time of year again: bid for a personalized, handwritten postcard from your favorite author through The Common's annual postcard auction! The personalization of the postcards makes them fantastic gifts, and they'll even be written and delivered to you or your loved one just in time for the holidays.
We'd love for you to join us in Amherst to celebrate the launch of Issue 18. The Common's student interns will be reading briefly from their favorite pieces in the new issue, and there will be wine, cheese, and great conversation.
Amherst College's fourth annual LitFest will be hosted on February 27 – March 2 of this year. Co-hosted by The Common, this year's events feature panels with 2018 National Book Award Fiction Finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author Elizabeth Kolbert, award-winning science writer Charles C. Mann, and more.