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This month, University of Massachusetts Press and UMass Amherst Libraries are set to release a brand new edition of W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black FolkPublished in honor of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois's birth, Souls is packaged with a new introduction from Shawn Leigh Alexander, the director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of... More


We're pleased to announce that Michael Soto’s Measuring the Harlem Renaissance and Peter Benes’s For a Short Time Only were selected as “Choice Outstanding Academic Titles” for 2017. Choice recognizes "outstanding works for their excellence in presentation and scholarship, the significance of their contribution... More


Mary Kuryla's Freak Weather, the winner of the AWP's 2016 Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, has been generating a good deal of buzz since its publication this November. Rising up from the underbelly of Los Angeles, the thirteen stories in this debut collection feature a cast of provocative and unapologetic women—from would-be rodeo queens and mail order brides to pediatric ICU nurses and hippie housewives. 

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Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg, authors of Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur: A Biographical Study, reflect upon Richard Wilbur's life and legacy by turning to two poems that bookend his career. "The Beautiful Changes" comes from his first collection and "A Measuring Worm" from Anterooms, his final collection of new poems and translations. As they told the ... More


As coverage of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part documentary, The Vietnam War, ramps up, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of We Gotta Get Out of This Place, have been called upon to offer their perspectives on the War and its soundtrack. In a interview with ... More


The Jones Library and University of Massachusetts Press are proud to present a panel discussion on "New England’s Political Histories, Contradictions, and Controversies" on Thursday, October 12.

Erin O’Brien, chair of the Political Science Department at UMass-Boston, will facilitate a conversation about the inherent complexities and contradictions in New England political life, from early democratic reforms to late twentieth-century witch-hunts, and the entrenched... More


We are delighted to announce the launch of our new imprint, Bright Leaf: Books that Illuminate.

Focused on New England, these accessible and entertaining titles explore a variety of subjects, ranging from the region’s culinary traditions and flora and fauna to its distinctive landmarks and beloved pastimes. Written for a general audience, Bright Leaf offers readers the tools and inspiration to fully experience the history, culture, and diversity of New England.... More


The University of Massachusetts Press, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, is pleased to announce this year’s Juniper Literary Prize winners.

Juniper Prize for Poetry

Chelsea Jennings is winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Poetry: First Book prize for her collection Transmission Loss. Jennings is a Seattle-based writer and educator. She has been the recipient of a “... More


Elizabeth Metzger's The Spirit Papers was reviewed by Matthew Lippman for Ploughshares. He writes: "This book is a book about heaven. It’s about the collection of human connections and love that make a heaven. In that case, The Spirit Papers is its own little immaculate heaven... More