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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new imprint, Bright Leaf: Books that Illuminate.

Focused on New England, these accessible and entertaining titles explore a variety of subjects, ranging from the region’s culinary traditions and flora and fauna to its distinctive landmarks and beloved pastimes. Written for a general audience, Bright Leaf offers readers the tools and inspiration to fully experience the history, culture, and diversity of New England.... More


The University of Massachusetts Press, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, is pleased to announce this year’s Juniper Literary Prize winners.

Juniper Prize for Poetry

Chelsea Jennings is winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Poetry: First Book prize for her collection Transmission Loss. Jennings is a Seattle-based writer and educator. She has been the recipient of a “... More


Elizabeth Metzger's The Spirit Papers was reviewed by Matthew Lippman for Ploughshares. He writes: "This book is a book about heaven. It’s about the collection of human connections and love that make a heaven. In that case, The Spirit Papers is its own little immaculate heaven... More


Immigration: A Gathering

Sunday, April 2 from 3 pm-6 pm at

Double Edge Theatre

948 Conway Road (Rt. 116)

Ashfield, MA.

Ilan Stavans will be moderating a discussion at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield on Sunday, April 2. The purpose of the gathering is to bring the community together around questions of immigration and will examine the relationship between culture, community and democracy... More


Two UMass Press books add to their list of honors the Choice Outstanding Academic Title award:

Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America by Vanessa Meikle Schulman and 

We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of The Vietnam War, by Doug... More


Eric Neuenfeldt, author of the Grace Paley Prize wining collection of short stories Wild Horse , talks with Reno News & Review.

“I’m really interested in how characters inhabit space and their relationship to place, and how place can sort of direct decisions at times,” Neuenfeldt... More


“Through Young’s book, readers confront some of the most painful moments in modern history and access new and powerful insights into the excruciating process of public remembrance.”

March 7, 2017—The 2017 NCPH Book Award is presented to James E. Young for The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016) a particularly... More


Happy 96th Birthday to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and long-time Massachusetts resident Richard Wilbur!

UMass Press has just published Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur: A Biographical Study, by Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg.

Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur is the first... More


Frank Felsenstein and James J. Connolly, authors of What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City, will speak at Columbia University, Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm, as part of the Book History Colloquium.

In this talk, Felsenstein and Connolly will examine the role of... More