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.
Applications are due December 15, 2023! More information can be found on our admissions page.
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.
Paperbark was developed by a visionary group of faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a collaboration between the School of Earth and Sustainability, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Libraries.
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April 19, 2023
Academy of American Poets Prize Judge: Michael Robins Winner: Rachelle Toarmino Like branches of a tree, these poems enlarge the relationships and tensions of being human. We might enjoy the pe...
Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action at the University of Massachusetts Amherst receives $11,600 grant from the Mass Cultural Council
November 01, 2022
The Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action received $11,600 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support outstanding literary arts programming in Western Mass. Funding from MCC...
May 20, 2022
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