• 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.


Congratulations to Ocean Vuong on winning the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for "Night Sky with Exit Wounds"

September 22, 2017

New English Department MFA Program faculty member Ocean Vuong has won Britain's most important prize for new poets.  On Thursday, September 21, 2017, Vuong received a £5,000 award for his book...

Peter Gizzi to receive Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Creative Activity at Faculty Convocation

September 21, 2017

PETER GIZZI will receive an Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the Thirteenth Annual Faculty Convocation on October 11, 2017 in the Campus Center Auditorium....

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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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