jubilat / Jones Poetry Series

This series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year. All events are free and open to the public.

Next Event


Sunday, March 24, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An informal Q & A session will follow the reading.

Featured Poets


  • Shayla Lawson
  • Diana Khoi Nguyen

About the Poets


  • Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry - A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook PANTONE, and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean - and the forthcoming essay collection MAJOR: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, & Being Dope {AF} (Harper Perennial, 2020). Her work has appeared in print & online at Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, & MiPOesias. She works on The Tenderness Project. And writes poems with Chet’la Sebree (pronounced Shayla, no relation). Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Artist Colony, The Cini Foundation and her Havanese, Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. She is a member of The Affrilachian Poets.
  • Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.
Read a brief history of this series.

If you have questions, please call the jubilat office at 413-577-1064 or visit their website.

About jubilat / Jones:
jubilat / Jones
is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Jones Library and jubilat literary journal, with additional support from the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action, the UMass MFA Program for Poets and Writers, and the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.