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Alumni

Scholar, writer, and biographer whose book Margaret Fuller: A New American Life won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize

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Alumni

Executive editor and regular contributor for Wine Spectator magazine

Gretel Ehrlich, Bennington College class of 1967.

Alumni

Essayist, poet, novelist, and recipient of the 2010 Henry David Thoreau Prize

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Alumni

Actress, poet, and writer best known for her role as “Lady Aberlin” on the children’s television classic Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and more recently in movies including Dogma, Jersey Girl, and Red State

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Faculty

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a poet who holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. 

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Faculty

Jeanie Riess is a writer from New Orleans and is currently working on her first novel, which is about Mississippi.

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Alumni

Author of Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, and model for Camille in Kerouac’s Beat classic

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Alumni

Poet whose first collection, Cannibal (2016), won a Prairie Schooner Book Prize and who received the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2015.

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Faculty

Anna Maria Hong is the author of the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Age of Glass, winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s 2019 Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in June 2020. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published work in The Nation, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, Poetry, jubilat, Fence, Southwest Review, Jacket2, Poetry Daily, The Best American Poetry, and many other publications.

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Faculty

Poet and essayist whose work has been honored by the Western World Haiku Society

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Alumni

Journalist and bestselling author who has raised the American consciousness of how food gets to our plates

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Alumni

Guggenheim award-winning poet, writer, and author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

Photo of ​Ann Goldstein, Bennington College class of 1971

Alumni

New Yorker editor, translator, and the public face of the secretive, critically acclaimed Italian author Elena Ferrante

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Photo of Bruna Dantas Lobato

Alumni

Writer and translator for Condé Nast and Archipelago Books. MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Fiction from New York University. Published in The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, A Public Space, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Akiko Busch

Faculty

Akiko Busch’s writings—books and essays in publications ranging from Metropolis to The New York Times—weave together design, culture, and nature to address things like the geography of the home, citizen science, and the lives of objects.

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Faculty

Kathleen Alcott's work has been called "Captivating" by The New Yorker and shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her third novel, America Was Hard To Find, on the intersection of the Apollo program and antiwar radicalism, is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. 

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Alumni

Acclaimed poet, co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, recipient of the American Book Award’s Lifetime Achievement and a Guggenheim fellowship, and chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

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Faculty

Stuart Nadler is the author, most recently, of The Inseparables, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, and was a finalist for the Mark Twain Prize for the American Voice. He is the recipient of the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation, and has had his work translated into five languages.

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Faculty

Megan Mayhew Bergman is a short-story writer, novelist, and essayist whose work focuses on the experiences of women and the psychological impact of environmental degradation. She is the Director of the Robert Frost House Museum. 

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Alumni

Creative Writer at Inboxlab and previous Weekend Editor at IndieWire, whose work has also appeared in the LA TimesSalonVice, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

Annabel Davis-Goff

Faculty

Annabel Davis-Goff is a novelist, screenwriter, essayist, social justice advocate, and a driving force behind Bennington College’s Incarceration in America and Prison Education Initiatives.

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Alumni

Author of Gender Trouble, one of the most important works of philosophy and gender theory of the postmodern era

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Faculty

Stephen Metcalf is a critic, essayist, podcaster, and screenwriter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He is the co-creator and host of the Slate Culture Gabfest, a podcast. He is writing a book about the 1980s and a screenplay for Amazon Studios. 

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Alumni

Founding member of the Compass Players along with Alan Alda and Alan Arkin ’55 in the 1960s, and actress best known for her roles in Goodfellas and The Sopranos

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Alumni

Practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and author of the critically acclaimed book of short stories, Scary Old Sex

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Alumni

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the poet Louise Bogan and the painters Jackson Pollock and Esteben Vicente whose writings on literature and art have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Art in America, The Nation, and ARTnews

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Faculty

Lisa Ann Cockrel is an editor and event curator whose own creative writing explores the interplay between social bodies and individual bodies, with a specific focus on fat bodies.  

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Faculty

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!

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Faculty

The acclaimed poetry of Michael Dumanis weaves together memories of childhood, diaspora, and dislocation.