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    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.


Henk Rossouw's (MFA'11) new book length poem "Xamissa" published

July 18, 2018

Xamissa is a book-length poem that sounds out the city of Cape Town in a joyful elegy for the city of alternate takes. Xamissa adapts the mythical name for the springs and streams running from...

Brendan Bowles (MFA'17) and Kritika Pandey (MFA'19) shortlisted for prestigious 2018 Commonwealth Writers short story prize

May 31, 2018

Now in its seventh year, the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English.   Twenty-four outstanding stories from fourteen countries have been selected by an international...

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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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