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June 2018 Residency Schedule

June 14–24, 2018 - NOTE: Schedule subject to change

All faculty, guest, and graduate lectures and readings will be held in Tishman Lecture Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

All evening Faculty and Guest Readings will be held in the Deane Carriage Barn.

All master classes will be held in the CAPA Symposium, unless otherwise announced.


Thursday, June 14

12:00–5:00 pm | Student Check-in, Barn 100

2:00 pm Faculty Advisory Committee, Cricket Hill Barn

3:00 pm Core Faculty Meeting, Cricket Hill Barn

3:00 pm Informal New Student Meetup, Perkins Living Room

4:00 pm New Faculty Meeting, Cricket Hill Barn

4:15-5:15 pm Genre Seminars (open to all genres)

  • April Bernard: “Iambic Pentameter: Hearing it & Writing it; tricks & substitutions.” Dickinson 117
  • Stuart Nadler: “Point of View and Narrative Distance.” Dickinson 147
  • Cliff Thompson: “Personal in the Critical/Journalistic (PCJ) essays.” Dickinson 212

5:30-6:30 pm New Student/Mentor Dinner, Student Center, lower level

7:00 pm Faculty & Guest Readings: April Bernard and Justin Torres

8:00 pm Welcome Reception, Student Center


Friday, June 15

8:30-9:30 am New Student Orientation, Barn 100

9:45-10:45 am All Community Orientation, Tishman

11:00 am-12:00 pm Genre Seminars (open to all genres)

  • David Gates: “Conversation as Combat: Writing (and Thinking) Dialogue.” Dickinson 212
  • Dinah Lenney: All’s Well that Starts Well: A Class on Good Openings.” Dickinson 147
  • Mark Wunderlich: “Titles, Beginnings & Endings.” Dickinson 117

1:00-2:30 pm Faculty Master Class: Melissa Febos: “Written on the Body.” CAPA Symposium

2:45-3:45 pm Introductory Writing Workshops 

2:45-3:45 pm June 2018 Graduates Meeting, Cricket Hill Barn

Graduate Readings:

  • 4:00 pm Geri Modell
  • 4:20 pm Rena Mosteirin
  • 4:40 pm Britt Peterson
  • 5:00 pm Maya Ribault

7:00 pm Faculty & Guest Readings: Melissa Febos and Amy Hempel


Saturday, June 16

Graduate Lectures:

  • 8:20 am Britt Peterson: “’I took and put my babies where they’d be safe’: How writers create sympathy with women who kill their children, and why it matters.” In this lecture, I will look at stories of mothers killing their children, from Medea to Andrea Yates, with stops at George Eliot and Toni Morrison. How, for such an unspeakable act, do writers create both distance from the crime and compassion for the criminal?
  • 9:00 am Amber Wheeler Bacon: “A House in Collapse: Writing Compassion in the Face of Unforgivable Acts.”Literature is full of parents who abuse, abandon or neglect their children. But we love them anyway, despite their bad deeds. In this lecture, we’ll look at fiction by Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, David Gates and Ron Rash to see how these writers garner empathy for their characters even when they do unforgivable things. (This lecture includes discussions of sexual violence.)
  • 9:40 am Amelia Brown: “Fairy Tale Craft and the Literary Story.” Can a story without an author have style? I’ll examine some formal craft elements that appear in many fairy tales—repetition, strange logic, and descriptive flatness—and then take a look at three modern writers who borrow those techniques to create literary stories outside the domain of fabulism.

10:30 am-12:00 pm Visiting Writer Lecture: Jennifer Chang: Other Pastorals: Writing Race and Place.” Tishman.

1:00–3:00 pm Writing Workshops

Graduate Readings:

  • 3:30 pm Catherine Ritchie
  • 3:50 pm Kate Martin Rowe
  • 4:10 pm David Schwartz
  • 4:30 pm Jessica Silvester

5:15–6:45 pm Faculty & Staff Dinner, Deane Carriage Barn

7:00 pm Faculty & Guest Readings: Brian Blanchfield and Jennifer Chang


Sunday, June 17

Graduate Lectures:

  • 8:20 am | Carrie Cooperider: “Reading Donald Barthelme's short story Träumerei.” A written analysis of a piece of literature can identify its structure and delineate both intra- and extra-textual correspondences, but reading a text aloud is another facet of interpretation that conveys, with immediacy, the work’s tone, cadence, and significance. I will offer both forms of reading for Barthelme’s story Träumerei.
  • 9:00 am | Teresa Fazio: “Pretty Women and Tough Guise: Power Dynamics and Gendered Shame.” This lecture looks at sexual power dynamics and gendered shame in scenes from Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, and compares them to those in Kristen Roupenian’s 2017 story “Cat Person.” For men, women, and the roles they inhabit, has anything changed in a century?
  • 9:40 am | Adriana Rambay Fernandez: “The Shape of Death.” How do we connect readers to an experience that often resists containment? Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Jim Crace, and Jamaica Kincaid allow death to exist as something real and imagined, normalized and haunting, of the body and beyond. With insight from Edwidge Danticat, we’ll examine how their narratives expand our notions of death through what’s familiar, physical, and tactile.

10:30 am-12:00 pm | Faculty Lecture: Susan Cheever: "When All the Men Wore Hats: John Cheever’s Short Stories.” Tishman

Graduate Readings:

  • 1:00 pm | Jennifer Solheim
  • 1:20 pm | John West
  • 1:40 pm | MK Allen

3:00-3:45 pm | 1st Meeting of January 2019 Graduates, Cricket Hill Barn

4:00-5:30 pm | Visiting Writer Lecture: Salvatore Scibona: “On Fussing.” Tishman

7:00 pm | Faculty & Guest Readings: Donika Kelly and Salvatore Scibona


Monday, June 18

Graduate Lectures:

  • 8:20 am |  Jennifer Solheim: “’So that I may still be’”: On Incompletion as a Narrative Strategy.” We often critique novels as “falling apart” or feeling unfinished. Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, Winterson’s Lighthousekeeping, and Perec’s W feature first-person narrators whose stories are impossible to complete because of fraught or absent relationships with their parents. Through close readings, I address how these works use incompletion as a compelling narrative finish.
  • 9:00 am | Hannah Howard: “The Sophomore Slump? The Unique Challenges and Possibilities of Second Books.” Writing a second book can be even more intimidating than writing a first. Is the sophomore slump inevitable? Is it an impossible task to live up to a good debut, or even just to a finished, published book? I share what I’ve learned from the wisdom of authors and agents.
  • 9:40 am Laura Lipson: “The Power Of Book Titles.” Looking at the art of book titling, I will explore the relationship of title to text in classic and contemporary literature. What can we understand from rejected titles and working titles? How do publishers/editors influence the process? Using my experience retitling television shows, I will share techniques for title exploration.

10:30 am–12:00 pm | Faculty Master Class: Doug Bauer: “Where does it all End?” CAPA Symposium

Noon | New Student Lunch, Student Center, lower level                    

1:00–3:00 pm | Writing Workshops

3:30-5:00 pm | Visiting Writer Master Class: Donika Kelly: “On Love and Lack: Generating Tension in Love Poems.” CAPA Symposium

7:00 pm | Faculty & Guest Readings: Susan Cheever and Michael Dumanis


Tuesday, June 19

Graduate Lectures:

  • 8:20 am | Ryan Matthews: “If This Isn’t Fun, Then What Is?” What happens when a writer builds an expectation for comedy and instead delivers tragedy? This lecture will examine the reverse psychology of subverted humor in narrative nonfiction, and it will attempt to answer why a writer might tell bad jokes on purpose.     
  • 9:00 am | Daniel McDermott: “On Fuckhead in Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.” This lecture will discuss the techniques that govern Johnson's disparagingly named protagonist, the influences that spawned him, the book's many biblical allusions, and hopefully offer some fresh perspectives on a contemporary classic.
  • 9:40 am | Geri Modell: “The Sum of Its Parts: The Linked Story Collection.” The linked story collection is a form often unrecognized and misunderstood, and yet it has origins in antiquity and has recently exploded in popularity. Why do writers from V.S. Naipaul to Louise Erdrich to Elizabeth Strout choose this form? As a writer of linked stories, what problems should you anticipate?

10:30 am–12:00 pm | Faculty Master Class: April Bernard: “Wallace Stevens.” CAPA Symposium

12:00-1:00 pm |  Diversity Lunch, Student Center lower level

Graduate Readings:

  • 1:00 pm | Amber Wheeler Bacon
  • 1:20 pm | Amelia Brown
  • 1:40 pm | Carrie Cooperider                 

3:00-4:30 pm | World Lit Café, CAPA Symposium

DARK NIGHT—No Readings: Open House at Frost House–Beer & Bands


Wednesday, June 20

Graduate Lectures:

  • 8:20 am | Rena Mosteirin: “Machine Translation: Toward a Global Refugee Idiolect.” Imagine errors of translation as a bridge between languages, striking unintended emotional chords and producing the most authentic artistic depictions of life as codified by the multi-lingual reader. This talk will explore how our practices of reading, writing and revision can benefit from the use of free online translation tools.
  • 9:00 am | MK Allen: “Southern Feminist Literature & the Hurricane.” An exploration of how southern women writers have used hurricanes and the language associated with them to depict the need for major social reformation.

10:00 am–12:00 pm | Writing Workshops

Graduate Readings:

  • 1:00 pm | Teresa Fazio
  • 1:20 pm | Adriana Fernandez
  • 1:40 pm | Chandra Ganguly

2:30-4:00 pm | One Book Initiative: Panel Discussion of Melissa Febos’s Abandon Me, Tishman

5:30–6:30 pm | Graduate and Fourth Term Student Dinner, Student Center, lower level

7:00 pm | Faculty & Guest Readings: Manuel Gonzales and Dinah Lenney


Thursday, June 21

Graduate Lectures:

  • 8:20 am | Maya Ribault: “Reading ‘The Moose’ as an Elegy.” For Elizabeth Bishop, 1972 ushered in a significant loss: the death of her close friend and mentor Marianne Moore. A few months later, Bishop completed “The Moose,” a poem whose origins reach back to 1946. Providing literary analysis, I trace the poem’s journey from inception to publication.
  • 9:00 am | Catherine Ritchie: “Writing as Revelation: Jamaica Kincaid, Recycled Memories, and the Gray Space Between Truth and Fiction.” What role does personal experience play in Jamaica Kincaid’s writing? Why does she repeatedly write about the same thing? In this lecture, we explore Kincaid’s personal obsessions and investigate the reasons why she sometimes choses to write memoir instead of fiction.
  • 9:40 am | Kate Martin Rowe: “Quickness and Lightness in Sally Mann’s Hold Still.” Using American photographer Sally Mann’s writing and photographs from her memoir Hold Still, we will examine how writers might approach brutal or tragic subject matter with what Italo Calvino calls “lightness and quickness.” How can our writing entice readers to look at heavy material, whether political or personal?

10:30–noon | Faculty Master Class: Manuel Gonzales: “In Particular, the Universal.” Barn 100

1:00-2:30 pm | Alumni Fellow Master Class: Hugh Ryan: Researching to Write/Writing from Research.” Barn 100

Graduate Readings:

  • 3:00 pm | Hannah Howard
  • 3:20 pm | Laura Lipson
  • 3:40 pm | Ryan Matthews
  • 4:00 pm | Daniel McDermott

4:30–5:00 pm | Second Meeting of January 2019 Graduates, Barn 124

5:15–7:15 pm | Graduate & Faculty Dinner, Deane Carriage Barn

7:30 pm | Faculty & Guest Readings: Alumni Fellows Amber Caron, Jia Oak Baker, and Hugh Ryan (NOTE LATER START TIME)

9:30 pm | Doghouse Band, Deane Carriage Barn


Friday, June 22

Graduate Lectures:

  • 9:00 am | Jessica Silvester: “Being the Bomb: On Mothers and Daughters, Living and Writing, and the Most Dangerous Work You Can Do.” Looking at a few mother-daughter memoirs (good and not so good)—by Jeanette Winterson, Amy Tan, and Valerie Steiker—I’ll consider the impact of letting the writing write you, rather than the other way around.
  • 9:40 am | John West: “Drawing a Larger Circle: Contingency, Linearity, and Genre in the Works of Jenny Boully and Maggie Nelson.” Jenny Boully’s The Body: An Essay and Maggie Nelson’s Bluets defy genre, wandering across the border of poetry and essay. To understand these transgressions, this lecture looks to the philosophy of Richard Rorty, the poetry of Rupi Kaur, and the essays of Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Chabon.

10:30 am-12:00 pm | Faculty Master Class: Justin Torres: “The Scale of Experience.” CAPA Symposium

12:00–1:00 pm | Grad lunch with Provost Isabel Roche, Student Center lower level

1:00–3:00 pm | Writing Workshops

3:30-5:00 pm | Alumni Fellow Master Class: Jia Oak Baker: “In the Meanwhile: An Exploration of Death, Time and Life in Poetry and Photography.” CAPA Symposium

7:00 pm | Faculty and Guest Readings: Brenda Shaughnessy and Peter Trachtenberg


Saturday, June 23

Graduate Lectures:

  • 9:00 am | Chandra Ganguly: “#Resistance: From Story and Art to Real Life.” On the Literary Activism of Adrienne Rich and Mahashweta Devi.
  • 9:40 am | David Schwartz: “Self-Awareness as Craft: Exploring the Mirror in Contemporary Literature.” Fiction plays with what’s real and what isn’t to ultimately tell us the truth. But how do authors engineer this in their stories? This lecture will look at the mirror, a writing tool designed to multiply a story’s effect, provide alternative readings, and establish meta-commentary, all without destroying the original narrative.

10:30 am–12:00 pm | Alumni Fellow Master Class: Amber Caron: “To the Bakery and the Bar: Ritual in Fiction.” CAPA Symposium

1:00-2:30 pm | Life of Letters Talk: Brenda Shaughnessy in dialogue with Mark Wunderlich. Tishman

5:00–6:00 pm | Regular Dinner in Student Center—NOTE EARLIER START

Graduation Ceremony                 

7:00 pm | Grads and Faculty to VAPA D-208 to don robes for graduation

7:30 pm | Commencement Ceremony, Usdan Gallery. Commencement Speaker: Brenda Shaughnessy

8:30 pm | Commencement Reception, Greenwall

9:30 pm | Graduation Dance, Greenwall


Sunday, June 24

9:00–11:00 am | Writing Workshops


Monday, June 25

Depart by 11:00 am


General Residency Notes

Residencies are 10 days long—the dates for 2018-19 are:
  • June 14–24, 2018
  • January 3-13, 2019

Registration is on Thursday and classes begin on Friday morning and end nine days later on Sunday with the final workshop. Most students arrive Thursday afternoon and depart on Sunday afternoon or evening. Please be sure you leave yourself enough time to be in attendance for the entire final workshop before departing to catch your flight or train. You are welcome to stay until Monday, 11:00 am.

Our Campus

Prior to your arrival, take some time to download the campus map, and familiarize yourself with the surrounding Bennington area.

Our Offices

The Writing Seminars Offices are located in Barn 106.


  • Arrive in time to register (noon–5:00 pm): If you will be arriving after 5:00 pm, you can pick up your registration packet and room key at Campus Safety (a small red building on the left at the main entrance to campus).
  • Parking: Please do not park on street in front of the residence halls except to unpack. Please park only in designated areas. Parking maps will be available at registration.
  • Registration: noon–5:00 pm, in the Barn 100; light refreshments will be served.
  • Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm in The Student Center
  • Faculty Readings: 7:00 pm, in Tishman Lecture Hall (January term) and in Deane Carriage Barn (June term)

Departure Day

The last academic event is 9:00–11:00 am on Sunday; most faculty and students depart on Sunday afternoon or evening, but all are welcome to stay until 11:00 am on Monday. When making transportation arrangements, please be sure to leave enough time to be in attendance for the entire final workshop.

**Note: There are no overnight accommodations for students before Thursday and after Sunday night of each residency. There are also no accommodations at any time for pets. Overnight guests are not encouraged or accommodated easily, but if you must host a guest for a night, please talk to someone in the office.

How to Get Here (Travel and Shuttle)

The Office of Student Life will provide shuttle service from/to the Albany airport, train, and bus station. Reservations, including payment, for this service are due by noon on Monday, June 11 for incoming shuttles, and by noon on Wednesday, June 20, before residency ends, for departing shuttles. Checks must be received by the reservation deadline. Cancellations made after the deadline are nonrefundable. Add funds to your Bennington Card (you will need your five-digit student ID number).

If you are delayed for any reason or there are any changes to your itinerary inform Campus Safety immediately to avoid delaying other riders.

Passengers are responsible for the shuttle fee for all reservations not canceled prior to the deadline.

Shuttle schedules

Please use these pickup times to coordinate your arrival in Albany in order to avoid longer waiting times. To make a reservation, use this reservation form.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Departs from Albany to Bennington College
  • Train Station at 11:00 am
  • Bus Station at 11:25 am
  • Airport at noon
  • Arrives on campus approximately 1:15 pm
  • Train Station at 4:00 pm
  • Bus Station at 4:25 pm
  • Airport at 5:00 pm
  • Arrives on campus approximately 6:15 pm
  • Train Station at 8:00 pm
  • Bus Station at 8:25 pm
  • Airport at 9:00 pm
  • Arrives on campus approximately 10:15 pm

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Departs from Bennington College to Albany
  • 12:15 pm departure from campus
  • Train Station at 1:25 pm
  • Bus Station at 1:40 pm
  • Airport at 2:15 pm
  • 1:30 PM departure from campus
  • Train Station at 2:40 pm
  • Bus Station at 2:55 pm
  • Airport at 3:30 pm

Monday, June 25, 2018

Departs from Bennington College to Albany
  • 10:00 AM departure from campus
  • Train Station at 11:10 am
  • Bus Station at 11:25 am
  • Airport at noon
Reserve Your Shuttle

Coordinating your own ride

If you need or prefer to coordinate a ride yourself, OR if you are coming in early or late and need a way to get to Bennington, please contact

  • KT Transportation, 518-728-5030. Approximate cost $70.00 for up to two passengers (now accepting credit and debit cards)
  • AJ Transportation, 802-442-7129. Approximate cost $95.00 (includes gratuity)
  • Global Link Travel, 802-442-8400. (Now accepting credit and debit cards)
  • Upstate Green Cab, 518-956-0332. Approximate cost $70.00; $10.00 for an additional passenger
  • Yellow Cab, 518-434-2222. Approximate cost $100.00

The cost of a one-way trip from Albany is about $100.00, excluding gratuity (check details when you call). If the carpooling effort works out you might be able to split the cost two or three ways. Confirm the cost of the trip when you make the reservation.

Bus Lines

  • Vermont TransLines (Albany/Bennington/Burlington) | Departs from downtown Bennington at the Pleasant Street bus station daily at 11:30 am (arrives Albany 12:30 pm); daily at 3:30 pm (arrives Burlington 7:30 pm). Approximate cost: $7.50
  • Vermont Shires: bus from Bennington to Albany-Rensselaer, connecting with the Amtrak train service to NYC, stops curbside at the Bennington Station restaurant parking lot at 199 River St. Tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak website or phone line, or with cash payment (for the bus journey only) to the bus driver.
  • Yankee Trails Bus (Bennington to Albany), 800-822-2400 | Departs twice daily on weekdays from downtown Bennington, at the intersection of School and Main Streets, Monday–Friday at 11:05 am (arrives Albany 12:50 pm) and 7:25 pm (arrives Albany 9:05 pm). Approximate cost: $4.00

Local shuttle services

During the week, a local service, GMX (Green Mountain Express), supplies shuttle service to and from the campus to the towns of Bennington, North Bennington, Williamstown, and Manchester. This service is free to all Bennington students with a valid/current College ID.

Shuttle Fee

The $35.00 fee can be paid by cash, check, or Bennington Card declining balance. If you have more than two bags, there will be a $10.00 fee for each extra bag. Reservations made after deadlines will be subject to a $10.00 late fee. Please note: If you ride without a reservation, the fare will increase to $60.00.


The $35.00 fee is nonrefundable after the shuttle deadline unless otherwise specified by the Office of Student Life.

Missing the Shuttle

If your plans change on the day of travel, as soon as you become aware of a change or delay you must contact Campus Safety or Green Mountain Express (according to your confirmation email). If your call is not immediately answered, be certain to leave a callback number, along with your name and a brief message explaining your situation, and to leave your phone turned on to receive the callback. Your message will be returned within 20 minutes, and any pertinent information will be relayed to the driver. This ensures that the shuttle does not wait unnecessarily, and allows you to see what other arrangements can be made.

Additional fees resulting from schedule changes are the responsibility of the passenger.

Delays and Cancellations

Arrival times are subject to change due to unforeseen delays (weather, traffic, etc.), and passengers should be sure to factor such possibilities into their travel plans. Bennington College is not responsible for missed trains, buses, or planes due to shuttle delays.

Please note: The driver is only able to wait for late arrivals for up to 15 minutes past the pickup time before departing. In the event of a shuttle delay or cancellation due to inclement weather, passengers will be notified at the number provided with your reservation two hours prior to the scheduled pickup.

Planning for Residency

What to Bring

  • Type of clothing: Informal and varied. Most people opt for comfort. Some like to dress up for the graduation ceremony and reception, some don't. It's your choice.
  • Sports: Walking shoes, hiking boots, tennis rackets, softball or baseball gloves, Frisbee, swimsuit (if you like to swim in a cold lake or town pool). The College Student Life Office and Meyer Recreation Barn usually have some equipment for tennis, basketball, volleyball and softball. Bicycles also can be signed out through the Meyer Rec Barn.
  • Miscellany: To help assure your creature-comfort needs are met, you might want to consider bringing a surge protector-combo-extension cord, an extra lamp, an alarm clock, a bathrobe, slippers, a coffee mug, and ground coffee (if you’re a hard-core, round-the-clock coffee drinker), waffle (egg-crate) mattress cover, music etc. Simple toiletries are provided (tiny bars of soap, white flat sheets, and very small towels), but you might want to bring your own bar of soap, sheets, and bath towel, if you don't like basic institutional issue. Note: Extension cords without built-in surge protection are not allowed in student housing. Candles and incense are also not allowed in the student houses.
  • In June especially, we recommend bringing an EPA recommended tick repellent. We are in an area known for Lyme ticks and encourage you to check yourself for ticks throughout residency. For information about Lyme, please consult this primer.


The ATM is located in the north corridor of the Barn and available between 7:00am and midnight.


  • The Crossett Library will be open every day throughout the residency. The staff is very helpful. Faculty books are prominently displayed during the residency.
  • The Bennington College Bookstore will have Writing Seminars faculty books, any course books faculty recommend, and a good selection of alumni work. You can contact 802-440-4361 for information.

Computer Lab

The computers are located in the East Academic Center (EAC) East Lounge for student use 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The EAC is #13 on the campus map.

Card ID: The Bennington Card

The Bennington Card is the official identification card of Bennington College. Issued to all members of the College community, it is required for identification and access to essential campus services. If you would like to have your ID made ahead of time for pick-up at registration, please email a headshot of yourself in JPEG format to Dawn Dayton in the Writing Seminars Office. Otherwise, you can have your ID made when you arrive.


Bennington College sits on 470 acres of rolling meadows and woods, very lovely to walk, and not at all hard to look at. The Meyer Recreation Barn, located below Crossett Library next to Buildings and Grounds, offers a fully equipped exercise facility, including free weights, weight machines, cardiovascular equipment, and a climbing wall. Note: Shoes with black soles are not allowed in the aerobics room (they are fine elsewhere—weight room and cardiovascular area).


All rooms are single occupancy and modestly furnished with a bed, pillow, dresser, desk, lamp, and chair, plus sheets, blankets, pillows, and two (rather small) towels. That's it. The rooms are pretty basic, nothing fuzzy or fancy. Each house has a living room and a kitchen: stove, sink, refrigerator, microwave oven, but not many cooking utensils as meals are provided in the Dining Hall. If you ask us, we will provide your house with a coffeemaker and/or a teakettle.

New students are housed together, if possible, as are graduating students. The great mass in the middle share houses. Before the residency begins, we will ask you what your housing needs are regarding any health issues. We will then assign rooms accordingly.

We expect you will live together amicably and work out the issues of communal living. All houses are "quiet" houses after 11:00 pm. That said, many students like to hang out in the common areas after that time, so please to generous to each other. There is no smoking allowed in any of the houses.


Coin-operated washers and dryers are located in all residence halls now, including the Colonial dorms. If you put money on your account (through the Office of Student Life), you may also use your Bennington ID card to operate these machines. You may also bring lots of quarters.


The Post Office is now located in the East Academic Center (EAC) (#13 on the campus map) and is open 8:30 am-4:45 pm, Monday–Friday. There are regular pickups and deliveries from UPS and Federal Express. The open mail slots (re-purposed from Commons) are located along the western corridor of the Barn near the MFA offices in Barn 106. You will have your own mailbox there. You may ship things to yourself ahead of residency—clearly label your own name and "Writing Seminars" on the address. The address is Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201. Packages will be distributed out of Buildings & Grounds; package notifications will be sent via email.


Meals will be served in the Student Center. Meat and vegetarian dishes are offered at each meal. While there is a strong commitment to veggie-food, the kitchen may not be able to accommodate your special diet. Please advise the office if you have any dietary restrictions and make it a point to talk with the dining services director after you arrive.

Smoking policy

In accordance with Vermont State law, the College is required to provide employees, students, and visitors with clearly stated guidelines on when and where they may smoke. The state policy restricts smoking in all places of public access. The policy has been formulated in recognition of the Surgeon General’s conclusion that: smoking is injurious to health; and involuntary (or second-hand) smoking is a cause of disease in nonsmokers The College has designated its administrative, academic, and other public buildings smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted inside any of these buildings nor within 30 feet of entryways and exits of all buildings. Smoking is not allowed in any faculty or guest rooms or residences.

Vending machine 

A vending machine is located in the Upcaf stairwell.

Information Technology

Contact the Help Desk with any questions or visit their webpage.

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Writing Seminars Staff

Mark Wunderlich

Megan Culhane Galbraith
Associate Director

Dawn Dayton
Program Coordinator
802-440-4452; fax 802-440-4453

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