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  • 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.

  • Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action

    Founded in 2004, the Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action engages the community at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Western Massachusetts, and beyond with outstanding and diverse literary programming and provides opportunities for MFA candidates to develop professional skills, participate in critical issues of the day, and cultivate a network of professional and academic colleagues. 

  • Paperbark Magazine

    Paperbark was developed by a visionary group of faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a collaboration between the School of Earth and Sustainability, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Libraries.

    Issue 03 is available for purchase now.

    Photo Credit: Santee Frazier


Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action at the University of Massachusetts Amherst receives $11,600 grant from the Mass Cultural Council

November 01, 2022

The Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action received $11,600 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support outstanding literary arts programming in Western Mass. Funding from MCC...

Announcing the 2022 MFA Award Winners

May 20, 2022

Congratulations to all!...

Ocean Vuong Publishes New Poetry Collection

April 08, 2022

Ocean Vuong’s new poetry collection, Time Is a Mother, was released this week. In anticipation of the book release, Vuong was recently interviewed by Time Magazine, PBS NewsHour, NPR’s Fresh Air,...

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Callum Angus. A Natural History of Transition. Metonymy Press, 2021.
Grace Bauer. Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems. University of Nebraska Press, 2021.
Caroline Crew. Other Girls to Burn. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
Karen Donovan. Trio: Planet Parable. Etruscan Press, 2021.
Chelsea Hogue. Ethel. Keith LLC Press, 2021.
Lauren Ireland. So Below. Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2021.
Kyle McCord. Reunion of the Good Weather Suicide Cult. Atmosphere Press, 2021.
Robin McLean. Pity the Beast. And Other Stories, 2021.
JoAnna Novak. Meaningful Work. FC2, 2021.

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