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Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) have been cast in the feature film Shirley, adapted from the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell MFA '09.

 

 

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When Morgan Jerkins MFA ’16 graduated from Princeton, she expected to get a job as an editorial assistant in New York City, be serendipitously discovered, and be launched into literary stardom.

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Amber Wheeler Bacon MFA '18 is an honoree of Epiphany Lit Mag's inaugural Breakout 8 award for emerging writers. 

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Poet and Bennington Writing Seminars alum Amy Gerstler MFA '00 has been awarded a prestigious 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?

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This Will be My Undoing, an essay collection by Morgan Jerkins MFA ’16, debuted at #7 on The New York Times bestseller list.

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In what was called “one of the best Commencement speeches ever” at Bennington, Allan Gurganus received a standing ovation for his address to Bennington Writing Seminars graduates, “Advice for Masters of Fine Arts Entering Trump’s America.”

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Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFA ’13 nominated Christine Mangan MFA '04 for Newsweek’s special feature on “Women of the Future,” which asked 20 prominent women to each nominate an up-and-comer they believe will be a trailblazer for the next generation. 

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Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Jill McCorkle has been selected for a place in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 

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After taking over from George Plimpton, Brigid Hughes was pushed out as editor of The Paris Review and omitted from the magazine’s history. When news broke that Loren Stein, the editor at The Paris Review, had resigned after abusing his power with women writers and staff, Allison Devers MFA '08 set about fixing the magazine's masthead and the record.

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Bennington Writing Seminars will offer an evening reading series during the MFA program's winter residency, Thursday, January 4 through Friday, January 12. The series brings critically acclaimed, award-winning authors and faculty for readings. All events are free and open to the public.

 

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Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochada MFA '11 and I'm the One That Got Away by Andrea Jarrell MFA '01 made LitHub's list of the most recommended books of fall 2017.  

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Book Riot reported on the "101 books coming out in 2019 that you should mark down." The list included books by authors Jaime Quatro MFA '09 and Morgan Jerkins MFA '16. 

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Shawna Kay Rodenberg MFA '12 has been awarded a $30,000 grant by The Rona Jaffe Foundation, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country. 

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The New Yorker online featured a piece by award-winning poet Donald Hall, MFA Writer-in-Residence, called "The Poetry of Death."

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Four new faculty members will join the Bennington Writing Seminars for the January residency: Claire Vaye Watkins in Fiction, Jenny Boully and Doug Bauer in Nonfiction, and Safiya Sinclair in Poetry. In addition, we’ll welcome visiting faculty members Monica Youn in Poetry and Wayne Koestenbaum in Nonfiction/Poetry. 

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Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen, the debut memoir by Hannah Howard MFA '18, is forthcoming from Little A/Amazon in April 2018.

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The Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with PEN Center USA, has announced three recipients of its MFA scholarship for Emerging Voices. The $10,000 scholarship has been awarded to fiction writer Shari Poindexter (EV '01). The Writing Seminars has also extended two additional scholarships to fiction writers Monica Carter (EV ‘10) and Davin Malasarn (EV ‘08).

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Five alumni of Bennington’s MFA in Writing program were distinguished in The Best American Essays 2017 for their notable essays published in the previous year.

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Andrea Jarrell MFA ’01 was profiled in Publishers Weekly for her “spellbinding … gracefully written” new memoir, I’m the One Who Got Away.

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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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AMC has greenlit 10 episodes of Dietlandadapted from the 2015 novel by Sarai Walker MFA ’03—to be written and produced by Marti Noxon, producer of such hit series as Mad Men, UnREAL, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among others.

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A book by Jeffrey Haas MFA ’07 on the 1969 assassination of Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party, is being developed into a movie by Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day, The Equalizer, and The Magnificent Seven.

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An essay by asha bandele MFA ’99 on facing the biggest fear of her life was read by actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson on WBUR’s Modern Love podcast.

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Bennington College announced today that poet Mark Wunderlich has been named the next director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, the College’s MFA program in writing.

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Suzanne Koven MFA ’12, a longtime physician and current writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital, penned a letter to her younger self as part of a recent orientation session for new medical interns in Boston. 

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Writing Seminars faculty member Alice Mattison offers a lesson on writing climactic moments in Signature magazine.

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Megan Mayhew Bergman, director of the Writing Seminars, is one of the faculty at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writer's Conference and will give a reading there on June 5 at 8 pm. 

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Megan Mayhew Bergman (MFAW '10), associate director of Bennington’s MFA in Writing, will be on the faculty of this year's Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, at Middlebury College, June 3–9. 

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New York Times best-selling author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFA ’13 was included in the annual “35 Over 35” list, which celebrates 35 debut authors over the age of 35 years old.