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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 Fall 2018, the Visiting Writers Series welcomes Christine Schutt, Hoa Nguyen, Martín Espada, and Gina Apostol. 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.


Cal Angus (MFA'17) new story "In Kind" nominated for Pushcart Prize

December 06, 2018

Read the story here:  

Jennifer Jacobson's story "Flight" published in The Masters Review

December 04, 2018

Jennifer Jacobson's story "Flight" was published in the New Voices section of The Masters Review, 11/30/18.  You can read it here:   Content warning: suicide...

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Noy Holland, Madeline ffitch (MFA'10) and Christy Crutchfield (MFA'11) read as part of "Our Work and Why We Do It" Reading Series

Coolidge Museum, 2nd Floor, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


jubilat/Jones hosts Justin Jamail

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


jubilat/Jones hosts Diana Khoi Nguyen and Alicia Mountain

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


jubilat/Jones hosts Mahogany L. Browne, Martín Espada, and George Abraham

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