• 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.


Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds listed as Best Book of the Year.

December 05, 2017

OCEAN VUONG's Night Sky with Exit Wounds, has been listed as a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian , The Telegraph , and The Sunday Times. It is also ranked #2 in best literature on the...

Dara Wier's In the Still of the Night named one of Entropy's Best Books of 2017

December 05, 2017

She also read from her new book at Blacksmith House in Cambridge Dec. 4.  A recent review of her book can be found here.   Dara also has new poems in BIG WEDNESDAY; and new stories in FENCE and...

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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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