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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.


Ocean Vuong wrote poems which are featured in the new Maggie Gyllenhaal film The Kindergarten Teacher

October 15, 2018

Ocean Vuong wrote poems which are featured in the new Maggie Gyllenhaal film The Kindergarten Teacher, which was released via Netflix on October 12, 2018 (

RED CLOCKS by Leni Zumas (MFA'04) chosen by TIME as a BEST NOVEL OF 2018 SO FAR

October 03, 2018

RED CLOCKS was chosen by TIME as a Best Novel of 2018 So Far and by Vulture as one of the 100 Most Important Books of the 21st Century.   Additional comments about the book include:...

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Visiting Writers Series hosts Creative Writing Instructors

Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, UMass
8:00 pm


Writers Work hosts Leslie Aguilar

South College E370
2:30 pm


2nd Year Cohort Meeting

South College E470
4:00 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