Benjamin Anastas and Mark Wunderlich
Writers Reading—Summer 2017
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Benjamin Anastas and Mark Wunderlich will read as part of the Writers Reading Series.
Benjamin Anastas is the author of the novels An Underachiever’s Diary (Dial Press, 2009), which has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the ’90s,” and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001), which was a New York Times notable book. His memoir Too Good to Be True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was published in October 2012. Other work has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, The Yale Review, and The Best American Essays 2012. He has taught at Columbia University and is a member of the core faculty at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Anastas was a visiting faculty member for the 2012–13 academic year and then joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2013.
Mark Wunderlich is the author of The Anchorage, which was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 1999 and received the Lambda Literary Award; Voluntary Servitude, published in 2004 by Graywolf Press; and The Earth Avails, published by Graywolf in 2014, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and received the 2015 Rilke Prize. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Amy Lowell Trust, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. His poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared in journals such as Slate, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, Fence, and Tin House, and his poems are widely anthologized. He has taught at Stanford and Barnard College and in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and Sarah Lawrence. As an arts administrator, he has worked at the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers, and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. He holds a BA in German Literature and English from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Wunderlich lives in the Hudson River Valley and has taught at Bennington since 2004.