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Booker Prize-winning author Kiran Desai '93 was one of sixteen Indian writers who traveled across the country to document the HIV/AIDS crisis for the new book AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India.

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Bennington College has launched a first-of-its-kind anthology of premier fiction, poetry, and nonfiction selected from more than 40 American undergraduate literary journals. Featuring work from Brown, Boston College, UCLA, the University of Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, Oberlin, Stanford, and Tulane, among others, plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2009 is the only national online compilation of undergraduate writing.

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Bennington College has released the second annual edition of plain china, a first-of-its-kind anthology of premier fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and artwork selected from more than 30 American undergraduate literary journals. Featuring work from the University of Georgia, Harvard, Louisiana State University, Princeton, Oberlin, Rice, Susquehanna, Stanford, and Vassar, the anthology is the only national online compilation of undergraduate writing today.

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Max Nanis ’12 and Ian Pearce ’11 are two of the authors behind the current cover story of Interactions magazine. The article, "Socialbots: Voices from the Fronts," is based on a study they conducted with web researcher Tim Hwang on fake online identities (“bots”) that can interact with humans and even boost human-to-human interaction on social networks such as Twitter. The results of their study were first published in the MIT Technology Review.

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Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell ’69 addressed the growing trend of "nontraditional" college presidents—those who came from outside of the academic community, as she did—in a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education. "We bring with us a healthy impatience," she wrote. "The reply to 'We don't do it this way' is 'Why not?'"

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History faculty member Carol Pal’s debut book, Republic of Women—released this month by the Cambridge University Press—tells the story of a transnational network of female scholars who were active members of the 17th-century republic of letters, and demonstrates that this intellectual commonwealth was a much more eclectic and diverse assemblage than had previously been assumed.

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The stories that comprise MFA alumna Jamie Quatro '09's recently released debut collection, I Want to Show You More, according to noted literary critic James Wood in his New Yorker review, "are passionate, sensuous, savagely intense, and remarkable for their brave dualism." 

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Bestselling food writer Michael Pollan '76 discussed his new book, Cooked, which offers a powerful argument for a return to home cooking, on NPR.

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Carlos Mendez '15 co-authored a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry based on research he conducted over the summer and during last year's Field Work Term at the University of Southern California. The paper provides insight into “an alternative molecular basis for the initiation events in skin cancer.”

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Luke Mogelson’s investigative exposé on the alleged murders of three Afghan civilians by U.S. soldiers appears on the cover of the May 1 New York Times Magazine. Recently discharged from the National Guard, Mogelson was one of 10 writers out of nearly 1,900 applicants this year to receive the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University’s creative writing program.

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Alumnus Luke Mogelson’s short story To the Lake was published in the spring 2014 issue of The Paris Review. Mogelson, a freelance journalist and recipient of Stanford University’s prestigious Stegner Fellowship, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and has been published in The New YorkerGQ, The New Republic, and The Nation, among others.

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Bennington student editors have released the fifth volume of plain china, the first and only literary anthology showcasing the best undergraduate writing from across the country. 

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Read literature faculty member Benjamin Anastas’ “The Breakup List” in the June 13 New York Times Magazine.

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Sasha Wiseman '15 reviewed Jenny Offill's new novel, Dept. of Speculation, in the the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read the review. 

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Faculty member Benjamin Anastas' essay, "Questions for My Grandfather’s Psychiatrist," was published in the The New York Times as part of the paper's ongoing series about psychotherapy.

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An excerpt adapted from renowned photographer Sally Mann '73's forthcoming memoir, Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs, was published in The New York Times Magazine. The piece recalls the mixed reaction to her 1992 book of photographs, Immediate Family, which included controversial images of her children. The memoir is a "testimony to photography’s power to evoke tender, lucent portraits of the past," according to a review in Kirkus.

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Caroline Zancan MFAW '14, author of Local Girls, links her debut novel to her time at Bennington in an interview with Melville House.

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Prashansa Taneja '16 has a review of Shirley Jackson's Let Me Tell You in The Millions, an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture.

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The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America, the debut book by Summer Brennan ’01, has been widely reviewed since its publication in August 2015.

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Bruna Dantas Lobato '15 writes about the Juan Goytisolo's 1970 novel in verse, Count Julian, in The Millions, and about a new translation of Ferreira Gullar's Dirty Poem in Asymptote Journal.

Read the poem in the Asymptote Journal.

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Megan Mayhew Bergman MFA ’10, associate director of the MFA in Writing program, published an essay in The Wall Street Journal about her recent experience in northern Kenya as a guest researcher with the BOMA Project.

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The Times Higher Education supplement reviewed Judith Butler's Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly on December 10. According to the review, Butler's mediations on recent mass protests around the world make her work "Everything a book about our planet in the 21st century should be."

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Faculty member Brooke Allen's biography of Benazir Bhutto, Favored Daughter, is hailed by Kirkus as "a compelling look at Bhutto’s tumultuous life and Pakistan’s roiling history," while the New York Times describes her contributions to Yours in Haste and Adoration: Selected Letters of Terry Southern, as "excellent and often droll."

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Bennington MFA Writing Seminars graduate Megan Galbraith published an essay, titled "Sin Will Find You Out" in Catapult. The essay recounts her search for and conversation with her birth mother, who gave Galbraith up for adoption at six months old. 

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Morgan Jerkins MFAW '16 published an essay in The New Yorker called "Black Women Writers and the Secret Space of Diaries."

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Brooke Allen published a review of Jane Mendelsohn’s Burning Down the House in the New York Times. 

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President Silver contributed a chapter to "Women in the Academy: Learning from our diverse career pathways" (Lexington Books, April 2016), edited by Nichola D. Gutgold and Angela R. Linse.

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Barbara Alfano spoke with alumna Ann Goldstein '71 about her translating for Elena Ferrante.

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Marguerite Feitlowitz pens an essay in Words Without Borders about teaching in translation.

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Faculty member in literature Benjamin Anastas reviews Elisha Cooper's memoir Falling: A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back, an account of the author's daughter's struggle with cancer, for The New York Times.