I might add that because I have experienced a lot of illness in my life, I don’t ever feel a reliable sense of control in relationship to time. This is, I think, why I protest the word choice, as a false way of describing both the lives we lead and the approach we may have to our work. We don’t choose what time does with us, and while I worked on this novel with great intensity and heaps of thoughts about what we call “craft,” I always felt it was essentially beyond my control (like anything born of our monstrous imaginations?).
The Alumni Omnibus / Celebrating 50 Years of the MFA
Untitled, Emily Hunt
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, we decided to gather as broad a range of work from our big and boisterous body of alumni as possible: an Alumni Omnibus. We present to you over 80 contributors—all graduates of the UMass MFA program—and hope that from them a better picture of this program’s past and present can wiggle into view. Funny and sad, weird and lucid, deceptively simple and deliciously complex: we’ve got it all.
Route Nine is the journal of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers. We showcase creative and critical work of the program’s current students and alumni, along with interviews, event listings, and coverage of small presses and magazines. Route Nine was co-founded by Sarah Malone and Brian Mihok in 2010 and is currently edited by Molly McArdle and Liana Quill Camper-Barry.