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    "English classes offer so much room for discussion and critical thought, and when I joined the English major, I immediately felt that. I felt like my voice was heard, and that I was more than just a number." 

    —Warren Charleston, UMass English 2019

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Ocean Vuong Interviewed By Seth Meyers After Debut Novel Release

June 13, 2019

Earlier this month, Ocean Vuong's debut and critically-acclaimed novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, was published by Penguin Random House. Vuong's novel has been a fast hit, with Vuong...

Ocean Vuong's Debut Novel Featured in an Author Interview with NPR

June 02, 2019

Ocean Vuong's debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, will be published by Penguin Random House and released later this month. NPR recently interviewed Vuong about his novel to learn more...

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Writing Program Incoming TO Orientation

Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Student Profile

Emily Cerri '19

"My English major is kind of my saving grace. I love being an English major."

Emily is currently finishing an honors thesis that analyzes the action role-playing video game NIER. Her project looks at gender and sexuality in NIER and uses queer theory to show how the game critiques traditional fairy tales.

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