Jesmyn Ward, author of ‘Sing, Unburied Sing,’ was the headline speaker at Amherst College’s Litfest 2020. I was thrilled when I got permission to photograph the event. Events like this remind me of my days running around Harare documenting events for Zimbo Jam. I am happy to be able to continue this work of documenting the arts, even though I am thousands of miles away from home.

The town of Amherst is smack bang in the middle of the action of Western Massachusetts’ literary tradition. Emily Dickinson was born here.  Robert Frost taught at Amherst College, on and off, for over forty years.  David Foster Wallace, and Dan Brown, Lauren Groff, Charles C. Mann, James Merrill and Richard Wilbur are some of the many writers who have studied here.

There are so many literary events here, it’s unbelievable. Between the many bookshops, libraries and the five colleges in the area, there is an inexhaustible list of literary possibilities for writers and book lovers in this part of Massachusetts. We’d have to clone you several times if you wanted to keep up with it all. Here’s Jesmyn…





An Afternoon with Jesmyn Ward
Host: Jennifer Acker ’00
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Johnson Chapel*
Followed by Q&A and book signing.