• The Program

    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. Among the oldest and most respected MFA programs in the country, our acclaimed and aesthetically diverse faculty guide students to find their full range of artistic and literary potential.


Susie Meserve's (MFA'01) 2018 debut poetry collection "Little Prayers" wins 2018 Blue Light Book Award

February 22, 2018

Blue Light Press announces the publication of Susie Meserve's debut poetry collection, Little Prayers, winner of the 2018 Blue Light Book Award....

Dara Wier and CAConrad read in Philadelphia January 22

February 21, 2018

Dara Wier and CAConrad read in Philadelphia at the Kelly Writers House on January 22, 2018 for Michelle Taransky's Whenever We Feel Like It reading series.

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Stella Corso (MFA'14) reading in Shelburne Falls

Mocha Maya's Coffee House, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls
7:00 pm


jubilat/Jones hosts James Haug(MFA'88) & Emily Hunt (MFA'13)

Goodwin Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst
3:00 pm


Visiting Writers Series hosts Colin Barrett

Memorial Hall, University of Massachusetts
8:00 pm

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April 6 & 7, 2018

Introducing audiences to the vibrant landscape of new American poetry and fiction and exploring issues essential to the future of American literature, the Juniper Literary Festival features readings with internationally known writers and UMass MFA alums as well as programming from alums and current students who have invigorated the event with performative readings, pop-up events, inventively curated displays, and publications of their work. The festival will also include the regional and national literary community through its renowned journal and book fair. Community creative writing workshops will be led by Ocean Vuong and Edie Meidav. All events are free and open to the public.

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