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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. 

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Bennington Writing Seminars is pleased to announce two one-time creative writing MFA scholarships, in partnership with the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and Cave Canem Poets, an organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

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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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In a piece on NPR, Michelle Mercer MFA '10 highlighted the continued sexism in the jazz world, in the light of recent comments from two top jazz figures. 

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Paris Review correspondent Megan Mayhew Bergman (MFAW '10), associate director of Bennington’s MFA in Writing, addresses in her latest column how women, often excluded from adventure narratives, carve out their own heroic space.

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Harper’s Bazaar published an open letter to Ivanka Trump written by Isabel Rose MFA ’97. In it, she shares the story of her transgender daughter, Sadie, and urges the first daughter to consider from her perspective the issue of transgender students being allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. 

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Morgan Jerkins MFA ’16 wrote an opinion piece published in the New York Times, in response to a recent wave of disappearances of children of color in Washington DC.

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Almost Famous Women, a short story collection by associate director of Bennington’s MFA in Writing, Megan Mayhew Bergman, (MFAW '10), uses eccentric women throughout history in “intimate, imaginatively told tales that explore the figures’ muddled relationship with fame and greatness,” according to a review in the online art forum, Hyperallergic.com.

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Visiting faculty member Phillip B. Williams has won a Whiting Award for his debut book of poems, Thief In The Interior. MFA faculty member Kaitlyn Greenidge won for her debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman.

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An essay by Marine veteran Teresa Fazio MFA ’18 in Rolling Stone magazine addresses the problem of “toxic masculinity” in military culture—which, she says, has normalized gender shaming, sexual harassment, and even assault. 

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The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, by award-winning author Alden Jones MFA '01, will be re-released in paperback in March. 

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Amber Caron MFA '16 has won a PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for her story "The Handler," originally published in Southwest Review. 

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This Will Be My Undoing, a collection of essays by Morgan Jerkins MFA '16, was included in the The Millions most anticipated books of 2017 list.

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Morgan Jerkins MFA '16 was interviewed as part of the Pen Ten interview series on Pen America last month. She spoke about "the responsibility of the writer" which she sees as "to be honest and vulnerable. Jerkins is the author of a forthcoming collection of essays, This Will Be My Undoing. She is currently a contributing editor for Catapult. Her take on the Colin Kaepernick controversy, "What Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest Reveals About American" was published in Rolling Stone in August.