Best of the Best

The work of our faculty is among the best creative work being published today. But don’t take our word for it. Each year, prestigious anthologies such as the The Best American series, The Pushcart Prize collection, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories compile the finest fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published from the previous year. Rare is the year when the Writing Seminars faculty isn’t represented in their pages. How rare, you ask? Take a tally in the following slideshow.

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A Bennington Legacy

Seven Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius,” countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—this is Bennington’s literary legacy.

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Top of the List

In its 2007 fiction issue, The Atlantic published a guide to the nation's best graduate programs in creative writing: The Bennington Writing Seminars was distinguished as one of the top five low-residency MFA programs.

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Bennington Undergraduate Writing Fellowships Announced

Due to the exceptional strength of the 2014 applicant pool, five Undergraduate Writing Fellows have been chosen to represent the program's inaugural class at the Bennington Writing Seminars' upcoming summer residency.

The Fellowship winners are:

  • Julian Delacruz ’14 for poetry
  • Anaïs Duplan ’14 for poetry
  • Bruna Lobato ’15 for fiction
  • Devon Walker ’15 for poetry
  • Sasha Wiseman ’15 for nonfiction

The Bennington Undergraduate Writing Fellowships Program gives a select group of undergraduate Bennington writers working in poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction the opportunity to further their study of craft with a 10-day residency at Bennington’s MFA in Writing program. In addition to the full schedule of readings, lectures, craft sessions, and classes, the Undergraduate Writing Fellows will also participate in the writing workshops taught by the MFA program’s distinguished faculty.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing a select group of talented young writers into our midst,” Sven Birkerts, director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, said about the first class of fellowship winners. “I see it as a welcome and energizing infusion.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Bennington’s low-residency MFA program, founded by the poet Liam Rector.