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Sarai Walker MFA '03, author of the bestselling novel and critically-acclaimed AMC series Dietland, will be the Commencement speaker for the Bennington Writing Seminars in June 2019. Walker is a graduate of the fiction program and will deliver the Commencement address on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 pm in Bennington’s Usdan Gallery.

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Jeanie Riess, a rising second-term MFA student in fiction, has been selected to be the third Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars. The fellowship is the first of its kind in the country to offer full-time undergraduate teaching experience in a low-residency MFA format. Benefits include full tuition remission for one term, housing and board, and enrollment in an on-campus class.

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Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!

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Stuart Nadler is the author, most recently, of The Inseparables, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, and was a finalist for the Mark Twain Prize for the American Voice. He is the recipient of the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation, and has had his work translated into five languages.

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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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The Sky Is Yours, the debut novel by Chandler Klang Smith ’05, is receiving national recognition as one of 2018’s great reads.

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Torres’ first novel We the Animals, a national best seller, has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently being adapted into a feature film. The National Book Foundation named him one of its 5 Under 35.  

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Claire Vaye Watkins was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” and one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." She is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
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David Gates was for many years a staff writer for Newsweek. He has won the Guggenheim fellowship, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.

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The New York Times writes of her novel The News from Spain that “Wickersham’s gift is for capturing the habits of mind that lead even smart people to deceive themselves.” Her memoir, The Suicide Index, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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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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The Sky Is Yours, the debut novel by Chandler Klang Smith ’05 was included in Huffington Post’s list of “60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018.”

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NewPages.com glowingly reviewed issue three of Bennington Review, calling it "an incredibly strong issue put forth by an excellent journal."

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Deirdre McNamer is the author of four novels: Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, My Russian, and Red Rover (Viking, 2007). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.

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Jill McCorkle is the author of 10 books—four story collections and six novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. She is the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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Amy Hempel is the award-winning author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage.

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Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea (Grove, July 2014), a New York Times Editor’s Choice that was short-listed for The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation.

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Pastan’s most recent novel, Alena, was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and is a finalist for the New England Society Book Award in fiction.

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Janet Maslin praised Kaitlyn's Greenidge's We Love You, Charlie Freeman as a "terrifically auspicious debut novel" in a New York Times review.

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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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Lynne Schwartz is the author of 25 books, including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, poetry, and translations, which have garnered her National Book Award and PEN Award nominations and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.

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Alice Mattison is the author of many critically acclaimed works of fiction. The New York Times describes her prose as “so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary.”

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Rich Houses, a memoir essay by Samantha Krause '17, was published by Fiction Attic

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Johnston, author of Remember Me Like ThisCorpus Christi: Stories, and winner of a National Book Award for writers under 35, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and director of creative writing at Harvard University.

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Askold Melnyczuk’s first novel was a New York Times Notable, his second was an LA Times Best Books of the Year selection, and the most recent was chosen by the American Libraries Association’s Booklist as an Editor’s Choice.

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

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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.