MFAW News

A Year in Books A Year in Books

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.

Matthew Groner Bennington Writing Seminars Selects Matthew Groner as Residential Teaching Fellow

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.

We All Love the Beautiful Girls We All Love the Beautiful Girls Garners Summertime Praise

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.

New Yorker New Yorker Features Poetry by Ribault

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

Lisa Brennan-Jobs Growing Up Jobs

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

Katy Simpson Smith Simpson Smith Named Eudora Welty Chair at Millsaps College

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

Lisa Cockrel Bennington Writing Seminars Announces Inaugural Residential Teaching Fellow

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

Donald Hall and President Barack Obama Bennington Writing Seminars Announces the Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets

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.

Writing Seminars logo and images of the three recipients Bennington Writing Seminars PEN/Emerging Voices Scholarship Renewed

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.

Sarai Walker's Dietland Dietland on the Small Screen

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