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6/26/2015

​The recent controversy concerning Rachel Dolezal’s racial identity steered many readers to a 2008 UMass Press book by Baz Dreisinger, Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture, which explores cases in which legally white individuals are imagined, by themselves or by others, as passing for black.  

Many... More

6/15/2015

Liz Covart of Ben Franklin's World asks Michelle Marchetti Coughlin about how the subject of her book--One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit--lived day to day... More

6/15/2015

In July, MATT BECKER will join the University of Massachusetts Press as our new Executive Editor. Matt comes to us after serving as Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Nevada Press. At Nevada, Matt launched the series "Mining and Society" and "America’s National Parks." He also started a regional trade list, "Short Histories," accessible and synthetic histories of parks, cities, and regions including Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Prior to joining Nevada, Matt worked at both the... More

6/15/2015

On the Tavis Smiley Show, John Bracey, Sonia Sanchez, and Jim Smethurst, co-editors of SOS--Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader, discuss the impact of the Black Arts Movement on American culture. The movement "changed everything" by bringing the... More

6/15/2015

Andie Tucher's Happily Sometimes After: Discovering Stories from Twelve Generations of an American Family earns ESSENTIAL rating from Choice: "Though Tucher is skeptical in analyzing many of her ancestors' stories, she stays focused on how all stories contain the kernel of historical truth. Because Tucher... More

4/1/2015

Mark Wagenaar is winner of the 2015 Juniper Prize for Poetry with his collection The Body Distances (A Hundred Blackbirds Rising), to be published by UMass Press in 2016. He is also the 2014 winner of the Pinch Poetry Award, the New Letters Poetry Prize, and the Mary C. Mohr Poetry Prize, as well as the 2013 winner of the James Wright Poetry Prize, the Poetry International Prize, and the Yellowwood Poetry Prize. Wagenaar recently served as the University of... More

4/1/2015

Hasanthika Sirisena is the winner of the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction with her short story collection The Other One, to be published by UMass Press in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. Her work has been anthologized in Best New American Voices and Best American Short Stories (2011, 2012). Sirisena has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony... More

3/31/2015

In celebration of our forty-year commitment to contemporary letters, the University of Massachusetts Press—in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers—announces an expanded Juniper Prize initiative dedicated to bringing distinct, fresh voices to a wide audience.

The Juniper Literary Series will award two prizes each for poetry and for fiction. One prize will recognize a first publication. The second will be open to previously... More

3/31/2015

We are pleased to announce the University of Massachusetts blog is now ready for reading. Please take a look at https://umasspress.wordpress.com/

3/25/2015

Please join us for a reading from SOS--Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader at 4 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building, UMass Amherst campus. Editors John Bracey, Sonia Sanchez, and Jim Smethurst will read and share reflections on the Black Arts Movment. 

This event is co-sponsored by University of Massachusetts Press, W.E. B. Du... More

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