Recent Releases

Recently released alumni work

Ben Hall ’04 returned to campus for Family/Life After Bennington (LAB) Weekend to receive the 2017 Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award. Since graduating, Hall has created an equitable workplace at his restaurant, presented to congress in support of programs that alleviate food insecurity, and provided free soup to the Detroit Public School System. Visit the Bennington College YouTube channel to watch and listen to his conversation with CAPA director Susan Sgorbati ’72, MFA ’86.

Wilma Kantrowich Chandler ’60, P ’89 released two books this year, Directing Theater 101: 10 Steps to Successful Productions for New Directors and Regional Theater Companies and The Night Bridge, a poetry collection. 

Ruth Doan MacDougall ’61 has added two more sequels to her Snowy Series: A Gunthwaite Girl and Site Fidelity. They continue the story that began with The Cheerleader, a novel set in the 1950s.

Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams a photo book by Fran Antmann ’69 was released by Nirala Publications and was a 2017 finalist for the Lucie Prize.

A photography collection by Margo Davis ’65, Antigua 1967-1973, was released by Nazraeli Press. Email to purchase a copy.

In August, Florian Louisoder ’82 released the novel Shock Wave.

Heart Smart for Women written by Dr. Jennifer Mieres ’82 was released in October by Onward Publishing.

Radha Marcum ’96 had her collection of poems, Bloodline, published by 3: A Taos Press. 

Hunger for Salt, a book of poetry by Elaine Fletcher Chapman MFA ’99, was published by Saint Julian Press in May. 

Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood by Paul Hertneky MFA ’01 was released in May by Bauhan Publishing.

Leah Tieger ’03 has just released her first poetry chapbook, We and She, You and Then, You Again, published by Finishing Line Press.

Dirt Roads and Diner Pie by Shonna Milliken Humphrey MFA ’04 was published in August by Central Recovery Press.

Going to Wings, a memoir by Sandra Worsham MFA ’06 was released from Third Lung Press in August.

Woody Lewis MFA ’07 published a mini-collection of short stories, Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness, which is available in paperback, and as an e-book at

A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees by Kendra Tanacea MFA ’07 was published by Lost Horse Press early this year.

A cookbook by Andrew Barton ’09, The Myrtlewood Cookbook: Pacific Northwest Home Cooking was independently published and later picked up for a new edition by Sasquatch Books, distributed by Penguin/Random House and republished in October.

The first essay collection, Everything We Don’t Know by Aaron Gilbreath MFA ’11, was released in November by Curbside Splendor Publishing.

Honeysuckle Drift by Virginia Johnson MFA ’12 was published in January.

Lost in Arcadia by Sean Gandert MFA ’16 was published by 47North
in May.

Sally’s Genius, a Sally Liberman Smith ’50 biography written by
Brooks Clark was published this summer.  

Botticelli’s Muse by Deborah Bluestein ’65 was released by The New Press in July. Artnet news identified it as the Best Book of 2017.