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Ariél M. Martinez, an MFA student in nonfiction, has been selected to be the seventh Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Mark Wunderlich, Director of Bennington Writing Seminars, faculty member Craig Morgan Teicher, and past faculty Paul Yoon, Ephraim Asili, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Alexander Chee are recipients of the prestigious 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships.

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that Bennington Writing Seminars alum Albert Abonado MFA '10 and faculty member Phillip B. Williams will receive Creative Writing Fellowships of $25,000. 

Poet and author Paisley Rekdal delivered the 51st Bennington Writing Seminars Commencement address at the program's virtual winter residency.

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.

On September 20, Bennington Writing Seminars alumni hosted a virtual Black Bennington Literary Salon.

Nico Amador MFA '22, a second-term MFA student in poetry, has been selected to be the fifth Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

The Bennington Writing Seminars is pleased to announce that Moriel Rothman-Zecher is the recipient of the Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets. He will begin his studies in January 2021. 

Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Carmen Giménez Smith has been awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for “distinguished poetic achievement,”

Author Eula Biss delivered the 50th Bennington Writing Seminars Commencement address at the program's first-ever virtual residency.

Faculty member J Blackwell ’95, Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Jenny Boully, past BWS commencement speaker Garth Greenwell, and Helen Mirra '91 are recipients of the prestigious 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Bennington Writing Seminars is pleased to announce that Jessica R. Fischoff is the recipient of the Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets. She will begin her studies in June 2020. 

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.

Jericho Brown, finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, will be the Commencement speaker for the Bennington Writing Seminars in January 2020.

Puloma Ghosh, a rising fourth-term MFA candidate in fiction, has been selected as the fourth Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars, working in the classroom for a full term beginning in Spring 2020

Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Carmen Giménez Smith is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Awards in Poetry.

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.

The Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with PEN America, has announced that Natalie Mislang Mann is the recipient of the $10,000 Bennington/PEN America Emerging Voices scholarship. She’ll begin her studies in June 2019, on the 25th Anniversary of the Bennington Writing Seminars' founding.

 

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.

Matthew Groner, a rising third-term MFA candidate in fiction, has been selected as the second Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars, working in the classroom for a full term beginning in Spring 2019.

Tim Hernandez MFA '11 received University of California Santa Barbara’s 15th annual Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

We All Love the Beautiful Girls, the second novel by Joanne Proulx MFA ’14, garnered praise from Harper’s Bazaar, New York Post, and Good Morning America.

"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.

Lisa Ann Cockrel, a third-term MFA candidate in nonfiction, has been selected as the first Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars.