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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


In celebration of Black History Month, join author Cheryl Knott, author of the award-winning Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow and Civil Rightsactivist Geraldine Hollis, author of Back to Mississippi;  artist Michael Crowell; and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown for an... More


UMass Press continues its proud tradition of offering strong and various titles in African American studies, literature, and history. Here are some of our newest books:

Black Bostonians and the Politics of Culture, 1920-1940 by Lorraine Elena Roses

In the 1920s and 1930s Boston became a rich and distinctive site of African American... More


Coffee Spew reviews Joan Frank's All the News I Need, calling it "a deep dive into the heart of friendship, of memory and regret, of aging and loss."

Reviewer Bob Wake writes: "All the News I Need [offers] an unvarnished sense of what human dignity under assault looks like and feels like.... More


Austin Sarat, editor of The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, writes about the rule of law for the Guardian, referring to the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. "It was a stirring victory for the rule of law," he writes, "Yet America faces a serious problem which that decision did not address: the erosion of public... More


David Kieran, author of Forever Vietnam:How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, writes about anti-war protests in the 1960s and their relationship to recent marches for Slate.

Kieran examines the... More


"If for a moment you imagine language as a length of rope, a poem forms when you start tying knots in the rope and pulling them tight, snugging them and squeezing all the air out. The poet may then submit to the reader that his imagination run over the knots like fingers over a set of prayer beads. I don’t know if Nancy Takacs knows this, but she knows this. And her new volume of poetry, The Worrier, is an astonishing collection studded with miraculous knots of imagery and... More


Read Jill Lepore on the atomic origins of climate science in the New Yorker. She includes information from Paul Rubinson's book ... More


Building on Marilynn Johnson's book, The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s, a new website called Global Boston chronicles the history of immigration to the region since the early nineteenth century. Examining different time periods, ethnic groups, and places of settlement, the site features capsule histories,... More