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  • The Program

    The MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a three-year program dedicated to writing workshops and the completion of a book-length manuscript in prose or poetry. Among the oldest and most respected MFA programs in the country, our acclaimed and aesthetically diverse faculty guide students to find their full range of artistic and literary potential.

  • Visiting Writers Series

    The nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In spring 2019, the Visiting Writers Series welcomes Jordy Rosenberg (February 7), Kevin Killian (February 21), Horacio Castellanos Moya (April 12), and Danez Smith (April 13). In addition to the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, the series is made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the UMass Arts Council, and the English Department.


Noy Holland to read at University of Notre Dame

February 05, 2019

NOY HOLLAND will be giving a reading at the University of Notre Dame as part of the Department of English's Creative Writing Reading Series on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.  

Interview with Edie Meidav featured in "Juncture Notes"

February 05, 2019

An interview with EDIE MEIDAV, is featured  in Juncture Notes about a collection of essays, Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance,  that's coming out from the UMass Press in March, 2019. ...

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jubilat/Jones hosts Diana Khoi Nguyen and Shayla Lawson

Goodwin Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst
3:00 pm


jubilat/Jones hosts Martín Espada and George Abraham

Goodwin Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst
3:00 pm


Juniper Literary Festival Keynote Reader Horacio Castellanos Moya

Great Hall, Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts
7:00 pm


Juniper Literary Festival MFA Alumni Reading

Great Hall, Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts
4:00 pm

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April 12 & 13, 2019

Introducing audiences to the vibrant landscape of new poetry and fiction and exploring issues essential to the future of literature, the Juniper Literary Festival features readings with internationally known writers and UMass MFA alumni as well as programming from current students who have invigorated the event with performative readings, inventively curated displays, and publications of their work. The festival will also include the regional and national literary community through its renowned literary arts fair. The 2019 Juniper Literary Festival will be held April 12-13, 2019 on the UMass Amherst campus. All readings and panel discussions, as well as the literary arts fair, are free and open to the public.

View here to see the schedule and lineup for the 2019 Festival