Acclaimed Writers to Headline Bennington's Graduate Reading Series

Jan 05, 2009

Critically acclaimed, award-winning authors and faculty of the Bennington College Writing Seminars will offer an evening reading series during the MFA program's first 10-day residency of the year. All readings are free and open to the public, and will take place at 7:00 pm in the College's Tishman Auditorium, beginning on Thursday, January 8, 2009, and ending on Friday, January 16, 2009.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Major Jackson's books of poems are Hoops and Leaving Saturn. Hoops was selected as a finalist for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, and Leaving Saturn was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Mr. Jackson has published poems in various magazines and his work has been anthologized widely.

Phillip Lopate's books of nonfiction include Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan, Getting Personal: Selected Writings; Totally, Tenderly, Tragically; Portrait of My Body; Against Joie de Vivre; Bachelorhood: Tales of the Metropolis; and em>Being with Children. Mr. Lopate also edited The Art of the Personal Essay, and most recently he edited American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Katie Ford is the author of Deposition, Colosseum, and a chapbook, Storm. Colosseum was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2008, and her poems have been published in various magazines and journals. Ms. Ford is the recipient of a 2008 Lannan Literary Award.

Tom Piazza is the author of the novel City of Refuge and the book-length post-Katrina essay Why New Orleans Matters. His other books include the novel My Cold War, which won the Faulkner Society Award for the Novel, and the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. A well-known writer on American music as well, he won a 2004 Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey, and he is a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Wyatt Mason is a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The London Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Slate and The New York Times Magazine. A 2004 fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Mason received the 2005 Nona Balakian Citation for excellence in reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. His reviews and criticism for Harper's Magazine earned him a National Magazine Award in 2006.

Lia Purpura's collection of essays, On looking, was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award. In 2004, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose. Her new cycle of poems, King Baby Poems, won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books. Increase, her first collection of essays, won the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction, and her collection of poems, Stone Sky Lifting, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award. She is also the author of The Brighter the Veil (winner of the Towson University Prize in Literature/Poetry), and Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash, translated on a Fulbright year in Poland.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sven Birkert's newest book is The Art of Time in Memoir: Then Again. His books include Reading Life: Books for the Ages, My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time, The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on Twentieth Century Literature, The Electric Life: Essays on Modern Poetry, and American Energies: Essays on Fiction. He has published reviews and essays in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Mirabella, Parnassus, The New Republic, WigWag, and many other places. Mr. Birkerts edits the journal Agni and is the Director of the Bennington Graduate Writings Seminars.

Alice Mattison's newest novel is Nothing Is Quite Forgotten In Brooklyn. Her collection of connected stories, In Case We're separated, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Connecticut Book Award for Fiction. Ms. Mattison's previous novels are The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman, The Book Borrower (a Times Notable Book), Hilda and Pearl, and Field of Stars. She is the author of three earlier collections of stories, including Men Giving Money, Women Yelling (also a Times Notable Book), and a collection of poems, Animals. She is co-editor of As I Sat on the Green: Living Without a Home in New Haven.

Monday, January 12, 2009

André Aciman is the author of the novel Call Me by Your Name, of Out of Egypt: A Memoir, and of False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory. He has also co-authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. He is currently the chair of The CUNY Graduate Center's Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature and the director of The Writers' Institute at The Graduate Center. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Paris Review, as well as in several volumes of The Best American Essays.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz's newest book is the memoir, Not Now, Voyager. Her first novel, Rough Strife, was nominated for a National Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award. Other novels include The Writing on the Wall; In the Family Way: An Urban Comedy; Disturbances in the Field; and Leaving Brooklyn, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ms. Schwartz has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. Her stories and essays have been reprinted in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Essays.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan and Preston Falls, and a collection of stories, The Wonders of the Visible World. Mr. Gates's fiction, articles, and reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Tin House, Bomb,, The Oxford American, The Journal of Country Music, and elsewhere. He edited the fiction anthology Labor Days, and has written introductions to works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Donald Barthelme. He's received a Guggenheim fellowship, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics' Circle Award.

Askold Melnyczuk's latest novel is The House of Widows. His second novel, Ambassador of the Dead, was a Los Angeles Times Best book for 2002. His first, What is Told, was a New York Times Notable Book. He received a three-year fellowship in fiction from the Lila Wallace Foundation, and numerous grants from the NEA for his work as editor of Agni, which he founded in 1972. He has also edited six books, as well as an anthology of writing from Ukraine, and a book of essays about Father Daniel Berrigan. He is the founder of Arrowsmith Press.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Doug Bauer's books are The Book of Famous Iowans, The Very Air, Dexterity, and Prairie City, Iowa. In 2006 the University of Michigan Press published a second expanded edition of his essays, The Stuff of Fiction: Advice on Craft. He has received fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts.

Susan Kinsolving's books of poems are The White Eyelash, Dailies & Rushes (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Among Flowers, and the forthcoming My Glass Eye. Ms. Kinsolving has been awarded poetry fellowships to France, Italy, Switzerland, and Scotland. She originated and directed poetry reading series for The New York Public Library, CalArts, and The American Poetry Maze. As a guest lecturer and reader, she has appeared at The Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C, Dunvegan Arts Festival of Scotland, The Printemps du Livre of France, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation of Virginia, The Yeats Society of New York, Harvard University, and The French Consulate of New York. As a librettist, her cantata was commissioned and performed by Glimmerglass Opera of New York, and published by Carl Fischer Music. Her poem Dance Steps was presented in a televised ceremony to Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands, and performed in Italy and the United States.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Michael Krüger is a writer and publisher of Carl Hanser Verlag, Zsolnay Verlag, and Nagel & Kimche Verlag. He is also the editor of the literary magazine AKZENTE. Mr. Krüger has published novels, poetry and essays, some of them translated into English. He is a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, the Academy of Science and Art, and the Bavarian Academy, as well as being an Officier des Arts de la Republique Francaise and a Commandante dellÀrte of Italy. Mr. Krüger lives in Munich, Germany.

Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, short story writer, educator, and journalist. His collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, received the 1985 National Book Award for First Fiction, and his novel, Swimming in the Volcano, was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award. He is also the author of a second collection of stories, The Next New World, and he has published two nonfiction books, The Immaculate Invasion, which was a finalist for the New Yorker Magazine Book Awards for Best Nonfiction in 1999, and Domesticity.

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