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In 2019, undergraduate and Bennington Writing Seminars alumni and faculty published over 65 books.
Poet Jericho Brown delivered the 49th Bennington Writing Seminars Commencement address.
PEN America interviewed Davin Malasarn MFA '20 and Monica Carter MFA '20, both past recipients of the Bennington/PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship, for The PEN Ten weekly interview series.
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.
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.
Novelist, poet, and literary critic Garth Greenwell delivered the Bennington Writing Seminars 47th Commencement address.
A dystopian metropolis plagued by dragons. A disillusioned detective back on the beat. An exploration of what it means to be black, feminist, and female in America. A deep dive into the new science of psychedelics. Across millions of words and myriad perspectives, one constant is clear: 2018 was a big year for Bennington writers.
Tim Hernandez MFA '11 received University of California Santa Barbara’s 15th annual Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.
"Bees," a poem by Maya Ribault MFA '18, is featured in the September 3, 2018 issue of The New Yorker.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs MFA '09 writes about her childhood navigating between her struggling single mom and her famous father.
Bennington Writing Seminars alum Katy Simpson Smith MFA '13 has been appointed Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College.
Thanks to a generous and sustaining gift from an anonymous donor, the Bennington Writing Seminars is pleased to announce it will begin offering the Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets.
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 (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.
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.
Amber Wheeler Bacon MFA '18 is an honoree of Epiphany Lit Mag's inaugural Breakout 8 award for emerging writers.
Poet and Bennington Writing Seminars alum Amy Gerstler MFA '00 has been awarded a prestigious 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?
This Will be My Undoing, an essay collection by Morgan Jerkins MFA ’16, debuted at #7 on The New York Times bestseller list.
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.”
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.
Four new faculty members will join the Bennington Writing Seminars for the January residency: Claire Vaye Watkins in Fiction, Jenny Boully and Doug Bauer in Nonfiction, and Safiya Sinclair in Poetry. In addition, we’ll welcome visiting faculty members Monica Youn in Poetry and Wayne Koestenbaum in Nonfiction/Poetry.