As this extraordinary academic year comes to a close, the MFA for Poets and Writers celebrates and congratulates every member of the class of 2020.
We are so proud of you and all you have achieved!
Our very own Ocean Vuong has been named one of 26 new fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur "genius" grant is awarded to artists, writers, scientists, designers, activists, and others—it honors "extraordinary originality" and comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be distributed over five years.
Among the oldest and most respected MFA programs in the country, the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a three-year program dedicated to writing workshops and the completion of a book-length manuscript in prose or poetry. The MFA for Poets and Writers champions the creation of new and important writing, and for over fifty years has been a place for writers to concentrate on their work and to write their books.
July 01, 2020
Kritika Pandey wins the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her short story, “The Great Indian Tee and Snakes” is about two young people trying to solve the age-old riddle of human existence: how...
May 07, 2020
Congratulations to all!...
With profound sadness, the English Department writes to acknowledge the tragic passing of an important and recent alum of our MFA program and educator in our Writing Program, Rana Zoe Mungin, known in the program as Zoe.
Zoe graduated with a BA from Wellesley College in 2011, and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts in 2015. She was a beloved social studies teacher at Ascend Academy in Brooklyn at the time of her passing.