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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.

  • Apply to Juniper

    The Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Juniper Institute for Young Writers offer opportunities for writers to set aside a week that's dedicated only to their writing. Applications are open for high school writers for this summer (program dates 7/21-7/28) until the program is full. And a few spots are still available for adults in Mitchell S Jackson's nonfiction workshop (program dates 6/16-6/21). Apply now!


Lev Raphael's (MFA'78) 26th book released

May 09, 2019

Lev Raphael is the author of 26 books in genres from memoir to mystery.  His latest book, "State University of Murder" was released April 7, 2019 from Perseverence Press.  Read his blogpost here...

Karen Skolfield Named Northampton Poet Laureate

April 03, 2019

The Northampton Arts Council has named UMass MFA graduate Karen Skolfield the Northampton Poet Laureate for 2019-2021. Per the Northampton Arts Council:...

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April 12 & 13, 2019

Introducing audiences to the vibrant landscape of new poetry and fiction and exploring issues essential to the future of literature, the Juniper Literary Festival features readings with internationally known writers and UMass MFA alumni as well as programming from current students who have invigorated the event with performative readings, inventively curated displays, and publications of their work. The festival will also include the regional and national literary community through its renowned literary arts fair. The 2019 Juniper Literary Festival will be held April 12-13, 2019 on the UMass Amherst campus. All readings and panel discussions, as well as the literary arts fair, are free and open to the public.

View here to see the schedule and lineup for the 2019 Festival