Bennington Magazine

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white and black hexagram pattern, words Be Recorder
Carmen Giménez Smith, MFAw faculty member (Graywolf Press, August 2019)
White cover that says Dunce in black letters
Mary Ruefle ’74 (Wave Books, September 2019)
Blue sky and trees, the words America Was Hard to Find
Kathleen Alcott, MFAw Visiting Faculty (Ecco, May 2019)
A drawing of a black man seen from behind typing on a typewriter
Clifford Thompson, MFAw Faculty (Other Press, November 2019)
Pink cover that says What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence in yellow
Melissa Febos, MFAw Faculty (Simon & Schuster, April 2019)
blue background overlaid by a torn newspaper that says Dawson's Fall
Roxana Robinson ’68 (Sarah Crichton Books, May 2019)
orange and yellow pattern with a painting of a woman in profile in the right corner
Amy Gerstler MFA ’11; Didi Jackson MFA ’14; Camille Guthrie (Scribner Books, September 2019)
a white background with muticolored paint splashes
J Blackwell ’95, featured artist (Phaidon Press, April 2019)
a black background with a man's face at the bottom looking up
Stephen Nunns ’85 (Theatre Communications Group, July 2019)
a drawing of a dog with stars in the background
Kurt Caswell MFA ’04 (Trinity University Press, October 2018)
a tree-lined path in the woods in late summer
Denise Provost '71 (; null edition, June 2019)
With an urgency propelled by largely unpunctuated language and nimble lines...Giménez Smith manages to frame a queer, Latinx, immigrants’ daughter, motherhood poetics that’s entirely her own.
The New York Times Book Review
In Dunce, her latest poetry collection, Ruefle confronts the extraordinary yet banal fact that all of us die.
The New York Times
Sprawling but absorbing.... Ambitious.... Shimmering, knife-sharp descriptions of small and often devastating moments of individual experience within those larger histories.
New York Times Book Review
Thompson opens a dialogue with fellow citizens who see the state of American racism differently than he does, and shares those conversations in his book.
At its broadest level, this book is about the soul-rattling realization that despite...having the best of intentions, our mothers still mess up—sometimes in life-altering ways.
Dawson’s Fall asks what truth means in an era when conviction matters more, and Roxana Robinson’s answer—that morality is friable—should make us sit up and tremble.
The New York Times Book Review
An essential purchase.
The Washington Post
....Fiber art, a medium the editors....say has historically been undervalued...receives its due here, in a catalog of more than 100 artists working in textiles.
The New York Times
Since the 1960s and 1970s, New York’s experimental-theatre scene has toned down its wild-man character, but Lee Breuer is the grand old man of the movement.
The New Yorker
In 1957 the Soviet Union sent its second satellite into orbit around Earth, this one carrying a dog named Laika. The book is meant as a testament to her experience.
Scientific American
Provost proves herself dialed into the subtleties and complexities of each season’s personality.... Her poems express an exuberant hurrah for the natural world around us.
The Boston Globe

New Issue. New Question. 

What have you made of this time, during this time?

For the summer issue of Bennington magazine, we invite recent alumni, current students, faculty, and staff to respond to the following question: What have you made during this time, of this time?

For the first time in Bennington’s history, classes were conducted off-campus. Students gathered online. Advising happened at a distance. Commencement, virtual. Everything—from the way we taught to how we learned to how we did our work—was reimagined, quickly, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. And then, during all of this, our country awoke en masse to a long overdue reckoning with American racism after George Floyd was murdered by police. In all corners of our country, we have taken to the streets--and continue to. We are living history and making history at the same time. And even as we live through and make history, classes go on and work goes on and Bennington goes on making, although often the nature of the work and the making has changed. Maybe you had or have more time or less work, maybe your circumstances influenced what you made; maybe the urgency of our time changed why you made work, how you made work, and who you made it for; maybe your work saved you, maybe it saved someone else.

The next issue of the magazine, which will be published exclusively online, will feature the work you made during this historic period of time. As a reminder, each issue of Bennington is organized around a question. Selected responses to the question compose each issue’s features section. We welcome your responses in any and all forms. Please note that while we are publishing online, all submissions will continue to be evaluated for the same editorial quality, clarity, focus, and strength. To be considered for publication, please share your work with me no later than Monday, July 27.