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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.

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Natasha Trethewey (MFA'95) appointed to American Academy of Arts and Sciences' new Commission on the Arts

August 10, 2018

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is launching a new Commission on the Arts. With distinguished cochairs, including UMass MFA alum and former Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha...

Kamila Shamsie (MFA'98) wins Britain's Women's Prize for Fiction

July 27, 2018

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, which reworks Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone to tell the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to Islamic State, has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, acclaimed by...

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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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