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Words, Words, Words

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

Their writing spanned across a wide range of genres from nonfiction essays, memoirs, and biographies, to novels, poetry, young adult literature, and short stories.

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High Heel

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By Summer Brennan '01

Lima :: Limón

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By Natalie Scenters-Zapico


Booklist's Top Ten New Novels of 2019
The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel MFA '02

Buzzfeed Best Books of 2019
Lima :: Limon by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Good Housekeeping Best Books of 2019
Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene MFA '21
Sing to It by Amy Hempel

National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry
Dunce by Mary Ruefle '74
Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Dunce by Mary Ruefle '74

Poetry Society of America 2019 Chapbook Fellowship
Laura Cresté '13, forthcoming in 2020

2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in Philosophy
Zozobra Poems by Jules Nyquist MFA '07

When Brooklyn was Queer

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By Hugh Ryan MFA '09

Once More We Saw Stars

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By Jayson Greene MFA '21

Be Recorder

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By Carmen Giménez Smith

2019 Bennington Writing Seminars Publications

2019 MFA in Public Action Publication

2019 Undergraduate Alumni and Faculty Publications

2020: A Preview

In 2020, along with welcoming a new group of Bennington undergraduates and Bennington Writing Seminars candidates—and the many works they will ultimately pen—the College is eagerly anticipating a robust lineup of 2020 publications, including:

  • Imaginary Museums, a debut short story collection by Nicolette Polek '15, winner of the 2019 Rona Jaffe Writer's Award.
  • Coffee by faculty member Dinah Lenney, published as part of Object Lessons, an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
  • Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins MFA '16, which recreates her ancestors’ journeys across America, following the migratory routes they took from Georgia and South Carolina to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California. 

Wandering in Strange Lands

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By Morgan Jerkins MFA '16


Anna Maria Hong

By Anna Maria Hong, faculty member


Follow Me to Ground

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By Sue Rainsford MFA '17

2020 Upcoming Bennington Writing Seminars Publications

  • Jen Acker, The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer, Avid Reader Press (contributor)
  • Sean Adams '08, The Heap, William Morrow
  • Albert Albonado MFA '10, JAW, Sundress
  • Megan Alpert The Animal at Your Side Arlie Press
  • Michael Avery MFA '17, The Cooperating Witness, Wanderlust
  • Nancer Ballard MFA '07, The Science of Story: The Brain Behind Creative Nonfiction, Bloomsbury Academic (contributor)
  • Julie E. Bloemeke MFA '01, Slide to Unlock, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Blake Butler MFA '06, Alice KnottRiverhead
  • Elaine Chapman MFA '99, Reservoir, Saint Julian Press
  • Anais Duplan '14, Blackspace
  • Teresa Fazio, Fidelis, Potomac Books
  • Jody Forrester MFA '10, Guns Under the Bed, Oddyssey Books
  • Tod Goldberg, The Darkling Halls of Ivy, Subterranean Press
  • Tanya Grae, Best New Poets (contributor)
  • Katherine Hill MFA '08, A Short Move, LG Publishing
  • Katherine Hill MFA '08, The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism, Columbia University Press (contributor)
  • Didi Jackson MFA '14, Moon Jar, Red Hen Press
  • Morgan Jerkins MFA '16, Wandering in Strange Lands, Harper
  • Dinah Lenney, Faculty, Coffee (Object Lessons), Academic
  • Aimee Liu, Glorious Boy, Red Hen Press
  • Jill McCorkle, Faculty, Hieroglyphics, Algonquin Books
  • Kate Milliken, Kept Animals, Simon & Schuster
  • Marie Mockett MFA '19, American Harvest, Graywolf Press
  • Emily Mohn-Slate MFA '14, The Falls, New American Press 
  • Joanne Nelson MFA '14, This is How We Leave, Vine Leaves Press
  • Miriam O'Neal, The Body Dialogues, Lily Poetry Review Books
  • Ivy Pochoda MFA '11, These Women
  • Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Known By Heart: Collected Stories, Apprentice House Press
  • Sue Rainsford MFA '17, Follow Me to Ground, Doubleday/Scribner (UK & USA release) 
  • Ricky Ray, Quiet, Grit, Glory, Broken Sleep Books
  • Ricky Ray, The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself, Fly on the Wall Press
  • Maya Ribault, Hôtel de la Providence, Finishing Line Press
  • Shawna Rodenberg, Kin, Bloomsbury
  • Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting, Harper Books
  • Brent Terry MFA '01, The Body Electric, Unsolicited Press
  • Mark Wunderlich, Faculty, The God of Nothingness, Graywolf Press
  • Caroline Zancan MFA '14, We Wish You Luck, Riverhead Books

2020 Upcoming Undergraduate Alumni and Faculty Publications

  • Laura Cresté '13, Poetry Chapbook 
  • Anais Duplan '14, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture, Black Ocean 
  • Anna Maria Hong, Faculty, Fablesque, Tupelo Press (Berkshire Prize Winner)
  • Shawn MacKenzie '76, Llewellyn's Little Book of Dragons, Llewellyn Publications
  • Nicolette Polek '15, Imaginary Museums, Soft Skull
  • Safiya Sinclair '10, How to Say Babylon, Picador

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