Young Writers Institute The Love of Words

When asked why they love to write, the high school students at the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) Young Writers Institute are quick to reply.

Donald Hall and Barack Obama Remembering Donald Hall

Donald Hall, former United States poet laureate, longtime Bennington Writing Seminars writer-in-residence, and dear friend of the College, has died at age 89.

Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg Susan Scarf Merrell's Shirley Gets All-Star Cast

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.



Morgan Jerkins Looking Backwards to Go Forwards

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.

Epiphany Lit Mag Amber Wheeler Bacon Wins Breakout 8

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

Amy Gerstler A Guggenheim for Gerstler

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

Memento Park "A Powerful Meditation on Fathers and Sons"

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

Morgan Jerkins Morgan Jerkins MFA '16 Debuts New York Times Bestseller

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

Allan Gurganus "Can I Get an Amen?"

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.”

christine mangan “A Trailblazer for the Next Generation”

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.