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  • 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.


Dara Wier participates in event supporting Noah Webster House

April 18, 2018

Dara Wier participated in a celebration of words and language to support the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society at its signature annual fundraiser; it's the 190th anniversary...

Ocean Vuong's debut novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous accepted for publication

April 17, 2018

Ocean Vuong's forthcoming novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, has been accepted for publication in the U.S. by Penguin Press (as well as in the UK by Jonathan Cape, in Germany by Hanser, in...

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A Night of Readings from Meidav's Creative Non-Fiction MFA Class

Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst
7:00 pm


Ally Skills Workshop

South College E245
2:00 pm


jubilat/Jones hosts Lauren Haldeman & Kiki Petrosino

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