The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Due to growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19, all Author Talks will be postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and will share updates as they become available.

Stephanie Fetta, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Caroline Yang
Mar. 26, Mar. 31, Apr. 16

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Cameron Awkward-Rich

Thursday, Mar. 26
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Cameron Awkward-Rich is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of two poetry collections – Sympathetic Little Monster (2016), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Dispatch (2019), winner of the 2019 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award. A Cave Canem fellow, his poetry has been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, the Academy of American Poet's Poem A Day series, and elsewhere, and his critical writing can be found in Signs, Science Fiction Studies, American Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly. 


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Stephanie Fetta

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Stephanie Fetta holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine. She earned the annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies from the Modern Language Association (MLA) in 2019 for her monograph, Shaming into Brown: Somatic Transactions of Race in Latina/o Literature (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), which uncovers a new analytical lens Dr. Fetta identifies as the soma, loosely defined as the gestural body. Portrayer of our momentary as well as deeper subjectivities, the soma is also a central actor in social relations and a primary communicator of our ideological investments. Professor Fetta argues the soma is a pivotal site for unraveling bodily social technologies we use to create and sustain social subjugation. Specifically, she argues our somas efficaciously shame one another into intersectionally racialized stratifications.

Professor Fetta is the editor of The Chicana/Latina Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, and is considered the foremost authority on the work the influential Chicano poet Andrés Montoya, winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award. She will co-edit a 2020 special edition of the Notre Dame Review on Montoya's legacy. Dr. Fetta has published with Routledge Press, Chicana/Latina Studies journal, and Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World among others.


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Caroline Yang

Thursday, Apr. 16
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Caroline H. Yang is an assistant professor of English at UMass. She is the author of The Peculiar Afterlife of Slavery: The Chinese Worker and the Minstrel Form, which examines the intersecting histories of blackface minstrelsy and representations of Chinese workers in U.S. literature during and after Reconstruction. Her other scholarly publications can be found in Modern Fiction Studies (MFS), MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, the Journal of Asian American Studies, and Asian American Literature in Transition Volume I (1850-1930), forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2020.

Due to growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19, FalCon: Artist's Nest will be postponed until further notice.

Please feel free to browse the following materials generously provided by some of our special guests:


Phil Amara

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Philip Amara eats, drinks, and breathes comic books. He has worked as an editor for one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators, Kitchen Sink Press, the publisher of The Spirit, Dark Horse Comics in Oregon, Star Wars, Aliens, SpyBoy, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, Predator, Superman and Green Lantern DC Comics crossovers, Madman, and the Eisner Award-winning Sock Monkey, as well as co-editor on the American Illustration Award-winning Scatterbrain. Additionally, he is the author of The Treehouse Heroes, and the co-author of the new series The Asian Hall of Fame, which explores extraordinary Asian inventions throughout history. He is currently a teacher for Boston Public Schools, where he created the Mighty Writers program to introduce his students to the power of animation, film, and, of course, comic books.


Althea Keaton '19

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Althea Keaton (she/her or they/them) has been making comics for the past sixteen years. They have been self-publishing From the Heart since 2015 and Existence Stories since 2017. They graduated with an MFA in Studio Arts from UMass Amherst in May 2019.

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Wednesday, Apr. 1
Online Event

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite you to join us in celebrating this year's Edible Book Festival on April 1, 2020.  This festival has been celebrated internationally on or around April 1 since 2000 in commemoration of the birthday of gastronome and author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Due to the current campus events policy, this year's Edible Book Festival will take place virtually. All members of the Five College community are invited to submit photos of their edible book-inspired creations by March 30, 2020 to the new entry form (link below). Photos of each person's entry will be displayed in an online gallery. An online voting form will be made available on April 1, 2020.

To submit a piece, fill out the Edible Book Festival entry form by March 30, 2020.

This event will now be held virtually in the form of video presentations by the winners on the Libraries' YouTube channel. More details forthcoming.

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award! Event details forthcoming.

Apr. 24 - May 4

Apr. 24-27: Make Observations
Apr. 28-May 3: Help ID Observations
May 4: Results Announced

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

By making wildlife observations, you are contributing data to scientists and your community, which helps people study and protect local species. Cities that participated in previous years documented species in their areas they didn't know they had, and got thousands of participants to get outside and take a closer look at the nature all around us.

Observations made in the following counties during the City Nature Challenge will count toward totals for the Pioneer Valley area: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden, MA. In order for observations to count toward the challenge, participants must do the following:

1. Find Wildlife

Find and photograph any WILD plant, animal, or fungus in your backyard, campus, sidewalk cracks, mountain paths, river banks - anywhere in the Pioneer Valley.  Please avoid landscaped areas planted by people, pets, zoos, etc.

2. Take a Picture of What You See

Be sure to note where you were when you took the picture.  Remember, only observations in the three counties will count!

3. Share Your Observations

Upload your findings through the free iNaturalist app, on your phone, or online.

4. Help ID Observations

Identify the species of observations collected during the first phase of the challenge online at iNaturalist. Try to stick to the ones from the Pioneer Valley!

More information available at:

City Nature Challenge

Pioneer Valley on iNaturalist

iNaturalist Workshops, part of the Libraries Workshop Series

The UMass Amherst Libraries are coordinating all City Nature Challenge efforts for the Pioneer Valley area. The Libraries are currently looking for partner organizations to promote the challenge, make observations, host community science events, or help identify species during the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

Contact Melanie Radik,, to get your organization involved!