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Ocean Vuong has won Britain's most important prize for new poets

Friday, September 22, 2017

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, Vuong received a £5,000 award for his book Night Sky With Exit Wounds from the Forward Prizes, the annual awards which have been dubbed the "poetry Oscars."  Vuong...
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Natasha Trethewey (MFA'95) receives the 22nd Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, Ms. Natasha Trethewey draws much of her writing from extensive research. Her poetry is often anchored in the complex history of racial and social inequity in the...
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Novelist Kamila Shamsie '88 MFA Receives Praise for 'Home Fire'

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kamila Shamsie '88 MFA is seeing praise for her new novel Home Fire, a retelling of Sophocles' ancient Greek play Antigone. In a recent New York Times review, Home Fire is described as having "one of the most memorable final scenes... in a novel this century".

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New English Department Faculty and Their Courses

Friday, August 18, 2017

We are delighted to announce that three new faculty members will be joining the Department of English in the fall 2017 semester....
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UMass Department of English Announces Revival of Elbow Symposium

Monday, August 14, 2017

The UMass Amherst Department of English will revive a long running symposium devoted to the study of the teaching of writing, founded and endowed in 1999 by Professor Peter Elbow. 

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Students Connect with Alumni in New York City

Monday, July 24, 2017

On April 21, fifteen senior English majors traveled to New York City for the English department’s first-ever Career Roundtable through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts’ New York Professional Outreach Program. 

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