• Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Troy Lecture

    The 2016 Troy Lecture, held Thursday April 7, 2016, was delivered by Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

  • 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.

  • Why English?

    Amid the diversity of our offerings is a common commitment to developing the student's ability to analyze literary and cultural texts and contexts, and to write clear, persuasive, and graceful prose. We encourage you to make language a source of your power in the world. These reading, thinking, and writing skills will enhance your capacity for persuasion, leadership, clarity, and interpersonal effectiveness in whatever career you pursue.

  • Western Massachusetts Writing Project

    Nikki Crosby reflects on her participation over a decade ago in a Western Massachusetts Writing Project Youth Writing Workshop. A middle school student at the time, she took such inspiration from that one workshop that she is now a high school writing teacher.

  • The Summer Writing Institute and Juniper Institute for Young Writers

    Hosted by the MFA for Poets & Writers, Juniper is currently accepting applications for the Summer Writing Institute and Juniper Institute for Young Writers. From June 18-26 on the Umass Amherst campus, Juniper brings together writers of all ages, levels, and backgrounds to study the craft of writing with our diverse and accomplished faculty.

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace: Danielle Citron to Visit UMass

Feb 24, 2016

The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) is delighted to welcome Professor Danielle Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor and Professor of Law, who will visit UMass from April 4-7 as part o...

Remembering Joe Skerrett

Oct 13, 2015

Joe Skerrett joined the University of Massachusetts English department in 1973 where he taught courses in African American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literature and courses in the American studies pr...

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Josh Stearns 'MA '07

As leader of the the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s journalism sustainability project—designed to develop new structures and strategies to support a robust future of news—Josh works with journalists and newsrooms in New Jersey and New York to communicate their mission, expand their impact, and engage their communities.

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