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Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Eula Biss has been selected as a 2023 New America National Fellow.

Bennington College alum Asad J. Malik '19 and Bennington Writing Seminars alum Morgan Jerkins MFA '16 have been selected as 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees.

Fran Antmann ’69 recently published Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams (Nirala Publications, 2017). glowingly reviewed issue three of Bennington Review, calling it "an incredibly strong issue put forth by an excellent journal."

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Summer Brennan '01 used tactics straight out of 12th Night in an attempt to undermine internet trolls. She told Flare Magazine about what she learned when she changed her profile picture on Twitter to one of her brother.

In its Guide to 2016’s Great Reads, NPR recommended Nitro Mountain by Lee Clay Johnson ’07, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFAW ’13, Kookooland by Gloria Norris ’76, and The Queen of the Night by former MFAW faculty Alexander Chee.

Earlier this week, Mashable announced their long lists for several categories of the 2017 PEN Literary awards, which include a number of Bennington graduates.

Last month, Buzzfeed published a memoir-style essay by Chandra Ganguly MFAW '18 called "How They Killed My Grandmother." 

MFA Writer-in-Residence Donald Hall writes a moving essay in the New Yorker in which he meditates on the role the solitude has played throughout his life. Now living alone at age eight-seven, he recalls his wife, Jane, who passed away in 1995. He writes: "In the separation of our double solitude, we each wrote poetry in the morning."

The Oyster War by Summer Brennan '01 was named as a finalist for the Orion Book Award.

A new book by Sven Birkerts, director of the MFA in Writing Program at Bennington College, is receiving warm attention. Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, published by Grey Wolf Press, which focuses on the effect of digital culture on our ability to engage with our world, and the fate of writing in such a context, has been reviewed in the Chronicle for Higher Education, New Republic, and the New York Times Book Review.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has named Fedwa Malti-Douglas (nonfiction, June ’11) a National Humanities Medalist for her studies of Arabic letters. Fedwa has mapped the discourse of gender and letters in the Arab Middle East and applied her insights to American culture.

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Susan Cheever’s work includes biographies of E.E. Cummings and Louisa May Alcott, a memoir of her father, John Cheever, five novels, and many newspaper and magazine essays. She is a National Book Critic's Circle Award nominee, a Boston Globe Winship Medal winner, a Guggenheim fellow, long listed for the PEN John Kenneth Galbraith award, and part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team at Newsday. She has served on the boards of Yaddo and the Author's Guild.

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Jenny Boully, a poet and essayist, is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in General Nonfiction. Her latest book is Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life
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Former Faculty

Dinah Lenney is the author or editor of five books of nonfiction, most recently Coffee, for Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series. She has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is an editor-at-large.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born to an American father and Japanese mother. Her memoir, “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye,” was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award. American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland (Graywolf) explores Mockett’s experience across “the divide,” and is a tribute to the complicated and nuanced history of the United States and its people.

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Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos, The Book of Calamities, Another Insane Devotion, and the forthcoming The Last Artists in New York, as well of essays and short fiction published in The New Yorker, Harper's, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He's the recipient of Whiting and Guggenheim fellowships and the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction.

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Eula Biss is the author of four books, most recently Having and Being Had. Her book On Immunity was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. 

Brian Blanchfield
Former Faculty

Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies. A collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—Proxies was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, and was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Memoir and the PEN USA Literary Award in Nonfiction.

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Benjamin Anastas's recent work as a literary journalist appears in the Oxford AmericanTravel + LeisureBookforum, and other magazines. 

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Former Faculty

Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me, which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” and was an Indie Next Pick and named a Best Book of 2017 by Esquire, Book Riot, The Cut, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Bustle, Refinery29, Salon, and The Rumpus. Her second essay collection is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2019.

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Doug Bauer’s novels, essays, journalism, and anthologies have won wide praise for their stylistic precision, clarity, and ability to capture the texture and grit of American life. He's been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and creative non-fiction and has won the PEN/New England award for non-fiction. His latest novel, The Beckoning World, was published in November. Photo by A. Mathiowetz