Bennington’s literature faculty is comprised of renowned novelists, nonfiction writers, essayists, poets, and playwrights. They are National Endowment for the Arts fellows, Fulbright fellows, and PEN Award finalists, and have been published in The New Yorker, Slate, The Paris Review, Yale Review, Tin House, The Literary Review, Chicago Review, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Award Winners, among others.

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A Bennington Legacy

Seven Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius,” countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—this is Bennington’s literary legacy.

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Courses | Faculty | Undergraduate Writing Fellowships

Read to write.

Literature and writing at Bennington are grounded in the idea that good writers are good readers. Writing is an extension of and response to reading, and because the faculty are all renowned novelists, nonfiction writers, essayists, poets, and playwrights, you are regularly invited into a writer’s perspective on classic and contemporary literature. Literature classes are generally small seminars centered on animated discussion.

The biweekly Literature Evening is held in a house living room, and features readings of student and faculty work, discussions, and guest readings and lectures. Field Work Term allows you firsthand experience in the world of book publishing, journalism, literary magazines, or an entirely different field to enrich your writing and your reading. Campus publications like SILO and The Bennington Free Press, and plain china, Bennington College's online student literary magazine, provide outlets for student writing and editing. Additionally, Bennington Review, a national biannual print journal housed at Bennington College, was relaunched in 2016.