• 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.


Joy Ladin's (MFA'95) recent and upcoming publications include "The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and the Torah from a Transgender Perspective"

January 19, 2018

In September, 2017, Joy's eighth collection of poetry, Fireworks in the Graveyard, was published by Headmistress Press. ...

Ocean Vuong wins prestigious 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize for Night Sky With Exit Wounds

January 16, 2018

Poet Ocean Vuong, an assistant professor in the UMass Amherst's MFA for Poets and Writers program, is the winner of the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize for his debut collection “Night Sky with Exit Wounds,”...

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Leni Zumas (MFA'04) reads from new novel "Red Clocks"

Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley
4:00 pm

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Faculty Profile


The University of Massachusetts-Amherst welcomes Ocean Vuong as a full-time faculty member in the English Department's MFA for Poets and Writers.

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