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  • The Program

    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.

  • Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action

    Founded in 2004, the Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action engages the community at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Western Massachusetts, and beyond with outstanding and diverse literary programming and provides opportunities for MFA candidates to develop professional skills, participate in critical issues of the day, and cultivate a network of professional and academic colleagues. 

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

    This year's MFA graduates have faced the challenges of teaching, learning, and living through a pandemic alongside the rest of the world. They have navigated this wild and unpredictable year with creativity and grit, all while completing their theses and graduation milestones. We are so proud of them and their incredible work.


Su-Yee Lin (MFA '12) Named 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow

July 22, 2021

Su-Yee Lin (MFA '12) was named a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Fiction. ...

Steven Tagle (MFA '16) Named 2021 ICWA Fellow

July 19, 2021

The Institute of Current World Affairs has named Steven Tagle (MFA '16) a 2021 Fellow. He will be spending the next two years studying the history and culture of Greece’s border regions: https:/...

Ocean Vuong Featured in TODAY

June 03, 2021

Ocean Vuong spoke with TODAY about writing, identity, and the life he has built for himself. Read the full article: Author Ocean Vuong on how 'queerness' made him a better person

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Visiting Writers Series: Santee Frazier

Great Hall, Old Chapel
6:00 pm


Visiting Writers Series: Sabina Murray

Great Hall, Old Chapel
6:00 pm


Visiting Writers Series: Peter Gizzi

Great Hall, Old Chapel
6:00 pm


Visiting Writers Series: Dinaw Mengestu

Great Hall, Old Chapel
6:00 pm

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Marie Buck. Unsolved Mysteries. Roof, 2020.

Gabriel Bump. Everywhere You Don’t Belong. Algonquin, 2020.

Melissa Caruso. The Obsidian Tower. Orbit Books, 2020.

Carol Ann Davis. The Nail in the Tree: Essays on Art, Violence, and Childhood. Tupelo Press, 2020.

Lawrence Giffin. Untitled, 2004. After Hours Editions, 2020.

Brian Henry. Permanent State. Threadsuns Press, 2020.

Valerie Martin. I Give It to You. Nan A. Telese, 2020.

Michael Robins. People You May Know. Saturnalia Books, 2020.

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