• Welcome Back!

    We hope you had a great summer filled with time at the beach, vacations with family and friends, and of course, lots and lots of reading. We’re all getting excited about the start of the term and look forward to seeing everyone back on campus. For those who don’t know it, this will likely be our last full year in Bartlett.

  • English at UMass

    The UMass Amherst English Department is a diverse and welcoming community. We combine the strengths of a liberal arts college with a major research University. Our smaller classes facilitate substantive discussion, frequent writing, active student engagement, and face-to-face contact with research faculty.

  • Juniper Institute

    The 2015 Institute met June 21-27th and was wildly successful with readings by renown award-winning authors and poets: Eulia Biss, Heather Christle, Christopher DeWeese, Brian Evenson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Matthea Harvey, Noy Holland, Paul Lisicky, Yannic, Murphy, Okey Ndibe, Emily Pettit, Zachary Schomburg, Christine, Schutt, James Tate, Joy Williams, Arisa White, and Dara Wier.

  • Juniper Young Writers

    The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity to participate in intensive creative writing workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers. Participants also have unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.

  • Graduate Placements Worldwide

    Our program is keenly aware that the job market for college and university teachers of English has been tight for over two decades. But we are equally aware that the larger context of higher education is in a period of profound transformation – and that new opportunities are arising for job applicants who prepare themselves creatively for the new environment. Over the past seventeen years (1998-2015), approximately 60 per cent of our graduate job seekers have found teaching jobs.

  • Late Summer at the Renaissance Center

    Enchanted Circle Theatre Acting Shakespeare Performance 11:00 a.m. "As You Like It" in the Meadow of the Renaissance Center. On August 14th-16 the Young Company will perform "Romeo and Juliet" in the Meadow of the Renaissance Center.

James Tate: 1943-2015

Jul 29, 2015

  The English department mourns the loss of faculty member James Tate.  Our distinguished friend and colleague, he taught at UMass for 44 years, inspiring generations of students who took his class...

English Department Annual Awards Event

Jul 28, 2015

This past spring, the English Department hosted our annual Awards Event to honor our prize-winning graduates and undergraduates.  Full program from awards night. Undergraduate Prizes and Scholarshi...

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Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman, who retired last spring, was a member of our department for forty-seven years. An accomplished classicist, he translated numerous works from Greek and Latin and regularly taught a popular graduate course on classical influences on English literature. His research and teaching took him to several international venues, in Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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