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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.


Shastri Akella (MFA '14) Awarded Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center

September 08, 2021

Shastri Akella (MFA '14) was selected as a 2021-22 Writing Fellow in Fiction at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. ...

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:/...

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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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Callum Angus. A Natural History of Transition. Metonymy Press, 2021.
Grace Bauer. Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems. University of Nebraska Press, 2021.
Caroline Crew. Other Girls to Burn. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
Karen Donovan. Trio: Planet Parable. Etruscan Press, 2021.
Chelsea Hogue. Ethel. Keith LLC Press, 2021.
Lauren Ireland. So Below. Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2021.
Kyle McCord. Reunion of the Good Weather Suicide Cult. Atmosphere Press, 2021.
Robin McLean. Pity the Beast. And Other Stories, 2021.
JoAnna Novak. Meaningful Work. FC2, 2021.

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