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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.


Announcing the 2021 MFA Award Winners

May 06, 2021

Congratulations to all!...

In Memoriam: Donald Junkins, Professor Emeritus of English

April 30, 2021

Donald Junkins, professor emeritus of English, died at 89 years old on Thursday, April 15, in Irvine, Calif....

UMass English Headliners at the 2021 Massachusetts Poetry Festival

April 16, 2021

Sadie Dupuis (MFA '14), Martín Espada, and Dara Wier are among the headliners for the 2021 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, May 13–16, 2021....

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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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