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Coeditor with Jeff Parker of the upcoming A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors, Annie Liontas earns a wonderful review of her debut novel Let Me Explain You in the New York Times Book Review!  Molly Young writes: "The experience of 'Let Me Explain You' is less of... More


The provocation of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman demands that scholars, readers, and fans reconsider Atticus Finch.

Amherst College professor Austin Sarat, editor of Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law,... More


AMHERST, Mass. –  James Tate, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and other major awards in literature, died July 8. He was 71.

Tate had taught at UMass Amherst since 1971 in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers. He was married to fellow poet and Professor of English Dara Wier.

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “UMass Amherst, and a worldwide community of poets and writers, mourn the loss of... More


​The recent controversy concerning Rachel Dolezal’s racial identity steered many readers to a 2008 UMass Press book by Baz Dreisinger, Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture, which explores cases in which legally white individuals are imagined, by themselves or by others, as passing for black.  

Many... More


Liz Covart of Ben Franklin's World asks Michelle Marchetti Coughlin about how the subject of her book--One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit--lived day to day... More


In July, MATT BECKER will join the University of Massachusetts Press as our new Executive Editor. Matt comes to us after serving as Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Nevada Press. At Nevada, Matt launched the series "Mining and Society" and "America’s National Parks." He also started a regional trade list, "Short Histories," accessible and synthetic histories of parks, cities, and regions including Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Prior to joining Nevada, Matt worked at both the... More


On the Tavis Smiley Show, John Bracey, Sonia Sanchez, and Jim Smethurst, co-editors of SOS--Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader, discuss the impact of the Black Arts Movement on American culture. The movement "changed everything" by bringing the... More


Andie Tucher's Happily Sometimes After: Discovering Stories from Twelve Generations of an American Family earns ESSENTIAL rating from Choice: "Though Tucher is skeptical in analyzing many of her ancestors' stories, she stays focused on how all stories contain the kernel of historical truth. Because Tucher... More


Mark Wagenaar is winner of the 2015 Juniper Prize for Poetry with his collection The Body Distances (A Hundred Blackbirds Rising), to be published by UMass Press in 2016. He is also the 2014 winner of the Pinch Poetry Award, the New Letters Poetry Prize, and the Mary C. Mohr Poetry Prize, as well as the 2013 winner of the James Wright Poetry Prize, the Poetry International Prize, and the Yellowwood Poetry Prize. Wagenaar recently served as the University of... More


Hasanthika Sirisena is the winner of the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction with her short story collection The Other One, to be published by UMass Press in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. Her work has been anthologized in Best New American Voices and Best American Short Stories (2011, 2012). Sirisena has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony... More