LitFest 2019 at Amherst College
Wednesday, February 27–Saturday, March 2, 2019

LitFest, Amherst’s annual literary festival, celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and spoken-word performance.

The LitFest 2019 schedule will be announced soon! Check this page for updates.


In Pictures: LitFest 2018

Master Class with Min Jin Lee
Master class with Min Jin Lee. Photo by Maria Stenzel.

Six distinguished authors discussed their literary lives and work.

More than 1,700 bibliophiles gathered on campus for LitFest 2018, which included readings, conversations and master classes with distinguished authors Junot Díaz, Keith Gessen, Masha Gessen, Min Jin Lee, Carmen Maria Machado and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.

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Portrait of Emily Dickinson

Literary Amherst

Amherst is one of the world’s premier writing colleges, with an enviable literary legacy that includes renowned alumni and faculty authors, extensive holdings related to Emily Dickinson and much more.

LitFest is organized by The Common literary magazine, The Emily Dickinson Museum and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. It is made possible by generous support from the Croxton Lecture Fund, established in 1988 by William M. Croxton ’36 in memory of his parents, Ruth L. and Hugh W. Croxton. Income from this fund is to be used to educate Amherst students and to bring publicity to the College by virtue of the renown of speakers underwritten by the fund.