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    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.


Henk Rossouw's (MFA'11) new book length poem "Xamissa" published

July 18, 2018

Xamissa is a book-length poem that sounds out the city of Cape Town in a joyful elegy for the city of alternate takes. Xamissa adapts the mythical name for the springs and streams running from...

Cristy Crutchfield (MFA'11) and Laura Willwerth (MFA'16) receive 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships

May 31, 2018

The Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2018 Artist Fellowship awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting. The awards include 19 fellowships of $12,000, and 17...

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April 6 & 7, 2018

Introducing audiences to the vibrant landscape of new American poetry and fiction and exploring issues essential to the future of American literature, the Juniper Literary Festival features readings with internationally known writers and UMass MFA alums as well as programming from alums and current students who have invigorated the event with performative readings, pop-up events, inventively curated displays, and publications of their work. The festival will also include the regional and national literary community through its renowned journal and book fair. Community creative writing workshops will be led by Ocean Vuong and Edie Meidav. All events are free and open to the public.

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