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  • Ocean Vuong Named 2019 MacArthur Fellow

    Our very own Ocean Vuong has been named one of 26 new fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur "genius" grant is awarded to artists, writers, scientists, designers, activists, and others—it honors "extraordinary originality" and comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be distributed over five years.

    Congratulations, Ocean!

  • Visiting Writers Series

    Celebrating its fifty-sixth year, the nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at UMass Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. We hope you can join us for the remaining events of the Fall 2019 season!

    All events are free and open to the public.

  • 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.

  • Apply Now

    The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 admission is December 15.

    Review our application requirements, and apply now.

News

Ocean Vuong named 2019 MacArthur Fellow

September 25, 2019

Faculty member Ocean Vuong has been named one of 26 new fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur "genius" grant is awarded to artists, writers, scientists,...

Ocean Vuong's novel longlisted for National Book Award and Kirkus Award

September 24, 2019

Ocean Vuong's novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, was named on the Longlist for the National Book Award and as a Finalist for the Kirkus Book Award.

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Events

Dec
05

Visiting Writers Series Hosts Mary Ruefle Reading and Book Signing

Great Hall, Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Eric Baus. How I Became a Hum. Octopus Books, 2019.

Gabriel Bump. Everywhere You Don’t Belong. Algonquin, 2020.

Hannah Brooks-Motl. Earth. The Song Cave, 2019.

Melissa Caruso. The Unbound Empire. Orbit Books, 2019.

Heather Christle. The Crying Book. Catapult, 2019.

Michael Earl Craig. Woods and Clouds Interchangeable. Wave Books, 2019.

Nancy L. Davis. Ghosts. Finishing Line Press, 2019.

Emmalie Dropkin (co-editor). Strange Attractors: Lives Changed By Chance. University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.

Madeline ffitch. Stay and Fight. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

See full list here