MFAW News

Photo of Jessica Fischoff Fischoff Receives Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets

The Bennington Writing Seminars is pleased to announce that Jessica R. Fischoff is the recipient of the Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets. She will begin her studies in June 2020. 

Image of bookshelf Words, Words, Words

In 2019, undergraduate and Bennington Writing Seminars alumni and faculty published over 65 books.

Photo of Jericho Brown I Remain Grateful

Poet Jericho Brown delivered the 49th Bennington Writing Seminars Commencement address.

Photo of Jericho Brown National Book Award Finalist Jericho Brown to Speak at January MFA Commencement

Jericho Brown, finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, will be the Commencement speaker for the Bennington Writing Seminars in January 2020.

Photo of Puloma Ghosh Puloma Ghosh Selected as Bennington Writing Seminars Residential Teaching Fellow

Puloma Ghosh, a rising fourth-term MFA candidate in fiction, has been selected as the fourth Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars, working in the classroom for a full term beginning in Spring 2020

Photo of blue book shelf Giménez Smith Finalist for National Book Award

Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Carmen Giménez Smith is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Awards in Poetry.

Emerging Voices logo PEN America Interviews Bennington Writing Seminars Emerging Voices Fellows

PEN America interviewed Davin Malasarn MFA '20 and Monica Carter MFA '20, both past recipients of the Bennington/PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship, for The PEN Ten weekly interview series.

Photo of Jeanie Riess Jeanie Riess Selected as Bennington Writing Seminars Residential Teaching Fellow

Jeanie Riess, a rising second-term MFA student in fiction, has been selected to be the third Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars. The fellowship is the first of its kind in the country to offer full-time undergraduate teaching experience in a low-residency MFA format. Benefits include full tuition remission for one term, housing and board, and enrollment in an on-campus class.

photo of Dietland book cover Dietland Author Sarai Walker to Speak at June MFA Commencement

Sarai Walker MFA '03, author of the bestselling novel and critically-acclaimed AMC series Dietland, will be the Commencement speaker for the Bennington Writing Seminars in June 2019. Walker is a graduate of the fiction program and will deliver the Commencement address on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 pm in Bennington’s Usdan Gallery.

photo of Natalie Mislang Mann Natalie Mislang Mann Receives Bennington/PEN America Emerging Voices Scholarship

The Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with PEN America, has announced that Natalie Mislang Mann is the recipient of the $10,000 Bennington/PEN America Emerging Voices scholarship. She’ll begin her studies in June 2019, on the 25th Anniversary of the Bennington Writing Seminars' founding.