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Alumni

Former dance editor of The Village Voice whose writings about dance, theatre, and books have appeared in New York’s Metro and the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Faculty

Phillip B. Williams is the author of Thief in the Interior, winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award. He received a 2017 Whiting Award and 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Phillip is the co-editor in chief of the online journal Vinyl.

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Faculty

Critically acclaimed author of five books, Dan Hofstadter writes on topics ranging from the antiquities trade to Galileo and is a regular contributor to national publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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Alumni

Founder of Voices UnBroken, a nonprofit dedicated to giving vulnerable young people opportunity for creative self-expression.

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Alumni

Bestselling author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, former executive vice president of CNN, and before that a key player in the creation of the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and the 1966 Civil Rights Act during the Johnson Administration

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Alumni

Staff writer at TheWeek.com and managing editor of the Bennington Review whose writings have appeared in LitHub, The Awl, Vice, The Rumpus, and Electric Literature, among other publications.

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Faculty

Mark Wunderlich is author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, and his poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared in journals such as Slate, The Paris Review, and Poetry, and in more than 30 anthologies.

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Bennington psychology faculty member David Anderegg will read from his new book Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

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Michael Pollan ’76 seems to have stirred the political pot with his much-read column in The New York Times asking the next U.S. president to rethink the nation’s food policy. President Barack Obama cited Pollan’s piece at length in a pre-election interview with Time Magazine:

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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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During a post-Katrina panel discussion with a group of New Orleans-based artists in early 2006, Dan Cameron '79, then-senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, just blurted it out: "A biennial would go really, really well in New Orleans."  

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San Francisco Chronicle food and wine editor Michael Bauer dedicated a recent blog entry to author and longtime Alfred A. Knopf editor Judith Jones '45, whose latest memoir, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Foodhas received favorable reviews from The New York Times and elsewhere.

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According to a recent article in The Boston Globe, fewer novels today are being adapted for film, making novelists who have found success in the Hollywood marketplace, such as faculty member Rebecca Godwin, increasingly rare.

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Bestselling author and Bennington alumna Kathleen Norris '69 will speak and read from selected works on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Deane Carriage Barn. The event—this year's Candace DeVries Olesen '50 Lectureship for Distinguished Alumni—is free and open to the public.

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Author and longtime Knopf editor Judith Jones '45, who helped launch Julia Child's career, and the late Dorothy Cousins '39, Child's sister, are both portrayed in Julie & Julia, a new movie based on the cooking icon's life.

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Following President Obama's speech on health care reform, author Michael Pollan '76 urged legislators to consider the impact of the food industry on the state of the current system.

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Author Jonathan Lethem '86's new novel Chronic City was hailed as "astonishing" this week in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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Author and legendary editor Judith Jones '45 was a guest on NPR's Here and Now earlier this month to discuss her new book, The Pleasures of Cooking For One.

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The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded author and faculty member Doug Bauer a $25,000 grant in support of his ongoing work in contemporary literature.

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A television series conceived by Savannah Dooley ‘07 when she was a student at Bennington has been picked up by ABC Family and will air on the network this summer.

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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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"Be enthusiastic about your work, but always stay humble," filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein '78 told a room full of Bennington students as part of the "Beyond Bennington" speaker series, which invites alumni to campus to discuss their careers with current students.

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PEN New England has named author Gretel Ehrlich ‘67 winner of the 2010 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing.

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Alumna Sarah Stanbury '71 has been awarded a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing work in medieval English literature. An English professor at the College of the Holy Cross, Stanbury's work examines what manmade objects in the work of Chaucer tell us about the people and period.

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Iconic writer Bret Easton Ellis '86 was on Northeast Public Radio last week promoting his new novel Imperial Bedrooms, the sequel to his bestselling debut Less Than Zero, which, published by Vintage in 1985, launched the 21-year-old Bennington student into literary stardom.

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Literature faculty member Katie Peterson was one of 14 artists and the only poet to be awarded an unrestricted $25,000 grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts this year.

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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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Man Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai ‘93 was one of six immigrant authors to share their coming-to-America story in a recent issue of The New Yorker. In her essay “Fatherland,” Desai discusses the guilt that she and many of her Indian peers felt when leaving their parents to immigrate to America.

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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.

This isn't to suggest that military personnel are behaving similarly throughout Afghanistan as a result of the conditions there," Mogelson writes. "It is only to say that 10 years into an unconventional war whose end does not appear imminent, the murder of civilians by troops that are supposed to be defending them might reveal more than the deviance of a few young soldiers in a combat zone.

 

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For more information on the prestigious creative writing program, see Stanford's website

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In his column in the Buenos Aires Herald, celebrated journalist and human rights hero Robert Cox dubbed faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz's book on Argentina's infamous Dirty War "the most important book to appear so far on the consequences of the vicious cycle of terror and violence that enveloped Argentina in the 1970s."