• Visiting Writers Series: Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by writers Jeff Parker and Annie Liontas on Thursday, February 18th at 8pm in Memorial Hall. In November 2015 UMass Press released A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors, co-edited by Parker and Liontas which Publishers Weekly called “a fascinating work on writing and the student-teacher relationship.”

  • 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.

  • Professional Writing and Tecnical Communications enjoys high job placements

    An unusually large number of students enjoyed paid internships over the summer, some near and some far. I’ve had more calls from staffing agencies this year than any year I can remember, which suggests that the program’s good reputation, already widespread, is growing. It was also another banner year for placements, with some grads landing at firms where we have had an established presence and others at organizations entirely new to us. Congratulations to all! Professor Dave Toomey

  • 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.

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...

English Fall Reception

Sep 16, 2015

Pictures from the English Department Reception Held at the Campus Center Hotel on September 16th  

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Danielle Citron Lecture

To Be Announced

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Malcolm Sen

Malcolm Sen joined the faculty this past fall right after finishing a post-doctoral position at Harvard University. The Editor of The Ink Pot caught up with him in January to see how his year was going.

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