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Leland Cheuk from the Asian American Writers' Workshop recently spoke with the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction winner Hasanthika Sirisena for "The Margins." Sirisena's prize-winning collection The Other One is now available from UMass Press. 

Cheuk wrote: "These ten stories repeatedly take the backroads,... More


Please join us Tuesday evenings at 7 throughout May.

The University of Massachusetts Press and  the Jones Library are proud to present the ongoing series “UMass Press Reads @ the Jones Library”

Each reading will be followed by a question and answer period. Refreshments will be served.

  • Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m.: Jim Hicks, author of Lessons from Sarajevo: A War Stories Primer. Jim Hicks is editor of The Massachusetts... More

Amherst, MA – April 1, 2016–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 announce the winners of the 2016 Juniper Prizes in poetry and in fiction.

For the first publication in poetry prize: Elizabeth Metzger, The Spirit Papers.

Elizabeth Metzger is a graduate of Brown University... More


Please visit our website  tomorrow, April 1, at 5 pm. for the announcement of the Juniper Literary Prize Series winners for 2016. 


Christopher Vials, author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States talks with NPR about American Fascism and Trump.

National Public Radio's podcast explores "American Fascism: From the 1920s to Trump." Vials, an expert on fascism in the United States, ... More


The VVA Veteran Online call Doug Bradley and Crag Werner's We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War a gift to veterans. "Authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner have given us a gift: a compendious book that looks at the music we rock-and-roll-generation Americans who served in the Vietnam... More


Choice reviews calls Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies, edited by Stella Bolaki and Sabine Broeckessential. 

"This collection of 'transatlantic and transnational perspectives' brings unprecedented attention to the global outreach of African American writer Audre Lorde (1934-1992), a self-described 'black lesbian feminist warrior poet mother... More


A well-informed and appreciative analysis of the significance of Kelly Wisecup's Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures as a major contribution to the field of History of Medicine in Early America appeared in William and Mary Quarterly in February.

"Medical Encounters is a provocative work that pushes scholars to take seriously the... More


Choice says James R. Guthrie "breaks new ground" with A Kiss from Thermopylae: Emily Dickinson and Law

"Emily Dickinson's poetry exhibits a wide range of interests other than love, death, and immortality, the frequent focus of critical studies. Guthrie (Wright State Univ.) breaks new ground in his assertion that Dickinson's poetic stratagem (in employing diction, metaphor, and personae) often... More


A Manner of Being:Writers on Their Mentorsedited by  Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker, earned praise from Poets & Writers, who named it among the Best Books for Writers. ... More