MFA in Writing Faculty

Benjamin Anastas
Nonfiction

A standout among his many books and essays, Benjamin Anastas’ novel An Underachiever’s Diary has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the ’90s.”

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Image of April Bernard
Poetry

April Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry and the Stover Memorial Prize.

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Image of Sven Birkerts
Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars

Sven Birkerts is author of The Gutenberg Elegies. His many books and essays examine the fraught interrelationship between reading culture and electronic culture.

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Image of Susan Cheever
Nonfiction

Among Cheever’s many works are Drinking in America and American Bloomsbury, biographies of E.E. Cummings and Louisa May Alcott, a biographical memoir of her father, John Cheever, five novels, and essays in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and a weekly column in Newsday.

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Image of David Gates
Fiction

David Gates was for many years a staff writer for Newsweek. He has won the Guggenheim fellowship, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.

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Kaitlyn Greenidge headshot
Fiction

Janet Maslin praised Kaitlyn's Greenidge's We Love You, Charlie Freeman as a "terrifically auspicious debut novel" in a New York Times review.

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Amy Hempel headshot
Fiction

Hempel is the award-winning author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage.

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Major Jackson, poetry faculty member
Poetry

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Holding Company and Hoops, both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, Leaving Saturn, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle, and Roll Deep.

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Image of Bret Anthony Johnston
Fiction

Johnston, author of Remember Me Like ThisCorpus Christi: Stories, and winner of a National Book Award for writers under 35, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and director of creative writing at Harvard University.

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Image of Dinah Lenney
Nonfiction

Lenney is author of the memoir Bigger Than Life and The Object Parade. In that most recent book, says one critic, “Lenney draws upon her experiences as a working actor and mother, offering a reflective and candid look at the connection between sentiment and necessity.”

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Image of Alice Mattison
Fiction

Mattison is the author of many critically acclaimed works of fiction. The New York Times describes her prose as “so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary.”

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Image of Jill McCorkle
Fiction

McCorkle is the author of 10 books—four story collections and six novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. She is the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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Image of Deirdre McNamer
Fiction

McNamer is the author of four novels: Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, My Russian, and Red Rover (Viking, 2007). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.

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Image of Askold Melnyczuk
Fiction

Askold Melnyczuk’s first novel was a New York Times Notable, his second was an LA Times Best Books of the Year selection, and the most recent was chosen by the American Libraries Association’s Booklist as an Editor’s Choice.

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Stuart Nadler headshot
Fiction

Stuart Nadler is the author of two novels and a short story collection, including Wise MenThe Book of Life, and, most recently, The Inseparables.

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Image of Ed Ochester
Poetry

Ed Ochester is the author of numerous books, including Sugar Run Road, Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New, The Republic of Lies, and The Land of Cockaigne.

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Gregory Pardlo headshot
Poetry

Gregor Pardlo is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His collection, Digest, was also shortlisted for that year's NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

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Image of Rachel Pastan
Fiction

Pastan’s most recent novel, Alena, was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and is a finalist for the New England Society Book Award in fiction.

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Image of Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Fiction

Schwartz is the author of 23 books, including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, poetry, and translations, which have garnered her National Book Award and PEN Award nominations and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.

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Clifford Thompson headshot
Nonfiction

Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers' Award for nonfiction for his 2013 Love for Sale and Other Essays. His writings have appeared in The Village Voice, The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, and a host of other noted publications.

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Image of Peter Trachtenberg
Nonfiction

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos, The Book of Calamities, and Another Insane Devotion. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, A Public Space, Bidoun, and The New York Times’ travel magazine.

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Josh Weil headshot
Fiction

Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea (Grove, July 2014), a New York Times Editor’s Choice that was short-listed for The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation.

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Image of Joan Wickersham
Fiction

The New York Times writes of her novel The News from Spain that “Wickersham’s gift is for capturing the habits of mind that lead even smart people to deceive themselves.” Her memoir, The Suicide Index, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Image of Mark Wunderlich
Poetry

Mark Wunderlich is author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, and his poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared in journals such as Slate, The Paris Review, and Poetry, and in more than 30 anthologies.

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