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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.

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Novelist, poet, and literary critic Garth Greenwell delivered the Bennington Writing Seminars 47th Commencement address.

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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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This Will Be My Undoing, a collection of essays by Morgan Jerkins MFA '16, was included in the The Millions most anticipated books of 2017 list.

Craig Morgan Teicher

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Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Trembling Answers, which won the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

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Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. 

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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.

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs MFA '09 writes about her childhood navigating between her struggling single mom and her famous father.

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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.

 

 

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Poet and Bennington Writing Seminars alum Amy Gerstler MFA '00 has been awarded a prestigious 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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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.

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Dietland, a novel by Sarai Walker MFA '03, premiered in June as a TV series on AMC.

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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.

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"Bees," a poem by Maya Ribault MFA '18, is featured in the September 3, 2018 issue of The New Yorker.

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Bennington Writing Seminars alum Katy Simpson Smith MFA '13 has been appointed Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College.

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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.

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

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The Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with PEN Center USA, has announced that during the September 2018 admissions period, it will once again be offering a scholarship of $10,000 to an alumni of PEN's Emerging Voices Fellowship program.

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When asked why they love to write, the high school students at the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) Young Writers Institute are quick to reply.

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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.

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Amber Wheeler Bacon MFA '18 is an honoree of Epiphany Lit Mag's inaugural Breakout 8 award for emerging writers. 

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How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?

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This Will be My Undoing, an essay collection by Morgan Jerkins MFA ’16, debuted at #7 on The New York Times bestseller list.

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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.”

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Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFA ’13 nominated Christine Mangan MFA '04 for Newsweek’s special feature on “Women of the Future,” which asked 20 prominent women to each nominate an up-and-comer they believe will be a trailblazer for the next generation. 

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Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Jill McCorkle has been selected for a place in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 

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After taking over from George Plimpton, Brigid Hughes was pushed out as editor of The Paris Review and omitted from the magazine’s history. When news broke that Loren Stein, the editor at The Paris Review, had resigned after abusing his power with women writers and staff, Allison Devers MFA '08 set about fixing the magazine's masthead and the record.

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Bennington Writing Seminars will offer an evening reading series during the MFA program's winter residency, Thursday, January 4 through Friday, January 12. The series brings critically acclaimed, award-winning authors and faculty for readings. All events are free and open to the public.

 

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Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochada MFA '11 and I'm the One That Got Away by Andrea Jarrell MFA '01 made LitHub's list of the most recommended books of fall 2017.  

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Book Riot reported on the "101 books coming out in 2019 that you should mark down." The list included books by authors Jaime Quatro MFA '09 and Morgan Jerkins MFA '16.