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  • Ocean Vuong Named 2019 MacArthur Fellow

    Our very own Ocean Vuong has been named one of 26 new fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur "genius" grant is awarded to artists, writers, scientists, designers, activists, and others—it honors "extraordinary originality" and comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be distributed over five years.

    Congratulations, Ocean!

  • 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.

  • Spring 2020 Visiting Faculty

    The MFA for Poets and Writers is pleased to welcome CA Conrad and Shayla Lawson as visiting poetry faculty this semester. Our acclaimed and aesthetically diverse faculty guide students to find their full range of artistic and literary potential.


Leigh Newman (MFA '06) Recognized by National Magazine Award

February 13, 2020

The Paris Review is the recipient of this year’s National Magazine Award for Fiction, recognizing in particular three stories published in 2019: “Foxes,” by Kimberly King Parsons; “Under the Ackee...

Recent Alumni Publications

February 05, 2020

Gabriel Bump's ('17) debut novel, Everywhere You Don't Belong, was published by Algonquin Books on February 4, 2020. Read the NYTimes review by Tommy Orange here. Bump is also featured in Poets ...

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Visiting Writers Series: Shayla Lawson

Great Hall, Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Visiting Writers Series: Mary Ruefle

Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, 140 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Eric Baus. How I Became a Hum. Octopus Books, 2019.

Gabriel Bump. Everywhere You Don’t Belong. Algonquin, 2020.

Hannah Brooks-Motl. Earth. The Song Cave, 2019.

Melissa Caruso. The Unbound Empire. Orbit Books, 2019.

Heather Christle. The Crying Book. Catapult, 2019.

Michael Earl Craig. Woods and Clouds Interchangeable. Wave Books, 2019.

Nancy L. Davis. Ghosts. Finishing Line Press, 2019.

Emmalie Dropkin (co-editor). Strange Attractors: Lives Changed By Chance. University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.

Madeline ffitch. Stay and Fight. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

See full list here