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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.


Spanish-language translation of Ocean's Vuong's book released

September 12, 2018

The Spanish-language translation of Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Cielo nocturno con heridas de fuego) was released by Vaso Roto Ediciones on July 16, 2018.

Kimberly Lojewski's (MFA'15) debut story collection published by Burrows Press.

September 12, 2018

The story collection, Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart, is reviewed in Kirkus Reviews.  It is set to be released on September 18, 2018.  The book release party will take place in...

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Amherst Poetry Festival Features Ocean Vuong

Emily Dickinson's Garden, Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst
8:00 pm


jubilat/Jones hosts Rafael Campo and Ellen Dore-Watson

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


3rd Year Cohort Meeting

South College E470
4:00 pm

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April 12 & 13, 2019

Information on 2019 Juniper Festival TBA. 

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.

View here to see the schedule and lineup for the 2018 Festival