MFAW News

Image of MFA class photo collage A Long Becoming

Author Eula Biss delivered the 50th Bennington Writing Seminars Commencement address at the program's first-ever virtual residency.

Guggenheim logo Bennington Faculty and Alumni Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Faculty member J Blackwell ’95, Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Jenny Boully, past BWS commencement speaker Garth Greenwell, and Helen Mirra '91 are recipients of the prestigious 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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.