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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.

  • Visiting Writers Series

    The nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In Fall 2018, the Visiting Writers Series welcomes Christine Schutt, Hoa Nguyen, Martín Espada, and Gina Apostol. In addition to the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, the series is made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the UMass Arts Council, and the English Department.


Heather Christle's (MFA'09) new poem The Tooth published in Poetry Magazine

January 15, 2019

Heather Christle's poem The Tooth was published in November 2018's Poetry Magazine.     Read the poem here:

Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard collection of poems available as sound recording by Alliance Theatre

January 09, 2019

Based on Natasha Trethewey’s collection of poems, The Alliance Theatre’s production of Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi’s Civil War history. In poetry and...

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Visiting Writers Series hosts Jordy Rosenberg

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


jubilat/Jones hosts Justin Jamail

Goodwin Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst
3:00 pm


Visiting Writers Series hosts Kevin Killian

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


jubilat/Jones hosts Diana Khoi Nguyen and Alicia Mountain

Goodwin Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst
3:00 pm

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April 12 & 13, 2019

Information on 2019 Juniper Festival TBA. 

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.

View here to see the schedule and lineup for the 2018 Festival