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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. 

  • Celebrating the Class of 2020

    As this extraordinary academic year comes to a close, the MFA for Poets and Writers celebrates and congratulates every member of the class of 2020.

    We are so proud of you and all you have achieved!


Ocean Vuong Awarded 2021 USA Fellowship

February 05, 2021

Ocean Vuong was awarded a 2021 USA Fellowship by United States Artists. USA Fellowships are annual $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing the most compelling artists working and living in the...

Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action Receives $8,300 Grant from the Mass Cultural Council

January 19, 2021

The Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action is pleased to announce receipt of an $8,300 grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Cultural Investment Portfolio Program. The...

Film Adaptation Announced for Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

December 28, 2020

Plans were recently announced for a film adaptation of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, the best-selling debut novel by Ocean Vuong, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst....

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2021 Juniper Literary Festival: Toni Jensen and Juliana Spahr

Virtual (registration required)
8:00 pm


Amitav Ghosh, moderated by Emily Raboteau

Virtual (registration required)
7:00 pm

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Marie Buck. Unsolved Mysteries. Roof, 2020.

Gabriel Bump. Everywhere You Don’t Belong. Algonquin, 2020.

Melissa Caruso. The Obsidian Tower. Orbit Books, 2020.

Carol Ann Davis. The Nail in the Tree: Essays on Art, Violence, and Childhood. Tupelo Press, 2020.

Lawrence Giffin. Untitled, 2004. After Hours Editions, 2020.

Brian Henry. Permanent State. Threadsuns Press, 2020.

Valerie Martin. I Give It to You. Nan A. Telese, 2020.

Michael Robins. People You May Know. Saturnalia Books, 2020.

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