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Frances Revel ’17 has won the Aliki Perroti And Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for her poem “Hymn for the End of Drought.”

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Mark Wunderlich, the recently inaugurated Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, took some time to answer questions about his long-term goals for the program, its literary legacy, and what he’s reading.

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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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Bennington Review has released its third issue, titled Threat. 

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At Length has published two poems by Camille Guthrie, "Family Collection" and "The Other Victorians."

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Art In Print glowingly reviewed Thorsten Dennerline and Michael Dumanis’ “A Cloud In Trousers,” writing that the “clouds, sky, [and] text….create a rich brew that has...everything to do with the roots of poetry.”

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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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Hill Country Observer published a review of Thief in the Interior, the award winning debut poetry collection by Phillip Williams. 

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The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored Safiya Sinclair '10, Lee Clay Johnson '07, and MFA faculty Kathleen Graber. 

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Visiting faculty member Phillip B. Williams has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his debut book of poems, Thief In The Interior

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Visiting faculty Phillip B. Williams has won the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his debut poetry collection, Thief In The Interior. 

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A poem by Safiya Sinclair '10 was featured on Poets.org as part of their Poem-a-Day series. The series began in 2006 and is "the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year." 

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Poetry faculty Phillip B. Williams and alumna Safiya Sinclair '10 were included in an article on Poets&Writers called "The Shadows of Words: Our Twelfth Annual Look At Debut Poets." 

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Two alumni were included in Buzzfeed's list of 21 Incredible New Books You Need to Read this Fall. A "colorful new novel" by Jonathan Lethem '86, A Gambler's Anatomy, was featured, along with Safiya Sinclair's '10 new "lyrical and provocative" book of poetry Cannibal.

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This month, two alumna had poems featured on Poets.org's Poem-A-Day. The first was "From A Train" by Lynn Emanuel '72, whose book of poem The Nerve of It, was awarded the 2016 Lenore Marshall Prize. The second was an excerpt from "Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus" by Anais Duplan '14, who released her debut collection, Take This Stallion, in June. 

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Earlier this week, Mashable announced their long lists for several categories of the 2017 PEN Literary awards, which include a number of Bennington graduates.

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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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MFA Writer-in-Residence Donald Hall writes a moving essay in the New Yorker in which he meditates on the role the solitude has played throughout his life. Now living alone at age eight-seven, he recalls his wife, Jane, who passed away in 1995. He writes: "In the separation of our double solitude, we each wrote poetry in the morning."

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Michael Dumanis' poem "The Idea of Order" was published in Boston Review earlier this month. 

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Mark Wunderlich published a new poem in the American Academy of Poets Poem-a-Day called "The Son I'll Never Have." It also appears in the Columbia Daily Tribune

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Anaïs Duplan '14 was interviewed in Divedapper following the release of her debut poetry collection, Take This Stallion. 

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Lynn Emanuel '72 has been awarded the 2016 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her new book The Nerve of It.

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Franci Revel '18 is the winner of this year's American Academy of Poet's Bennington College Poetry Prize for her poem "Pasture." Revel's work was recognized as part of the AAP's University and College Poetry Prizes Program, which "sponsors over 200 annual poetry prizes at colleges and universities across the U.S." The AAP prizes also provide "visibility and financial support to poets demonstrating artistic excellence." Her piece is currently featured on their website.

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The buzz around Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair '10 continues to grow. The book, while still unpublished, has already been recognized by the Prairie Schooner Book Prize as their 2015 winner. Now, Cannibal appears Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016." 

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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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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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Faculty member Mark Wunderlich recently won the 2015 University of North Texas’ Rilke Prize for his latest collection, The Earth Avails. The $10,000 prize recognizes a book that “demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision.” Mark was also a finalist for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His recent poem, "My Night with Jeffrey Dahmer,"recounts in chilling detail his encounter with infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer at a bar in Madison, Wisconsin. 

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Profiled in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, MFA faculty member Major Jackson discusses his life as a writer, his just-published collection of poetry, and shares a few thoughts on the Bennington Writing Seminars—which the magazine recently ranked among the best low-residency MFA programs in the world.

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A poem by visiting faculty member Gabrielle Calvocoressi was featured this week on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, a radio program aired daily on public broadcasting stations around the country. Her poem, "Jubilee," is from her new book Apocalyptic Swing, which was published last month by Persea.

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Safiya Sinclair ’10 has been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, given annually to ten emerging writers based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come.