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.
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.
Summer with the English Department
Explore exciting opportunities and classes available through the English Department this summer!
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.
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...
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...