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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.


Karen Skolfield's (MFA'98) "Battle Dress" Chosen for Barnard Women Poets Prize

May 07, 2018

The MFA for Poets and Writers is pleased to announce that Karen Skolfield (MFA’98) is the winner of the 2018 Barnard Women Poets Prize for Battle Dress, her second collection of poems.  ...

Ocean Vuong is co-founder of the Center for Refugee Poetics

April 30, 2018

Ocean Vuong has co-founded, along with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the "Center for Refugee Poetics", a space for exploring the global refugee experience through the arts. This...

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Juniper Summer Writing Institute Reading Series

Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass
7:30 pm

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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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