At the height of each new year the Bennington College campus swells when some of America’s most acclaimed and celebrated writers come together for the Bennington Writing Seminars, one of two 10-day -residencies in its MFA in writing program. Hundreds of budding writers travel cross-country to join a host of award-winning faculty and writers-in-residence that include former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall. Faculty and associates offer an evening reading series, free and open to the public, in Bennington College’s Usdan Gallery, VAPA. The readings begin Thursday, January 3, 2008, and will conclude Saturday, January 12, 2008.
Monday, January 7, 2008, 7:00 pm
Robin Hemley is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction. His awards include The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from the Chicago Tribune, two Pushcart Prizes, The Independent Press Book Award, an Editor's Choice Award from the American Library Association and many others. His work has been widely anthologized and translated. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Bellingham Review, a former Faculty Chair of Vermont College, and is currently the Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, as well as founder and organizer of the biennial conference, NonfictioNOW. His stories and essays have recently appeared in the New York Times, The Southern Review, New York Magazine, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, New Sudden Fiction, Best American Fantasy, The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, 1970- the Present, and others. His latest book, Do Over, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in Spring, 2009.
Major Jackson’s books of poems are Hoops and Leaving Saturn. Hoops was selected as a finalist for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, and Leaving Saturn was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. He has published poems in various magazines, and his work has been anthologized widely. He received a Whiting Fellowship in 2003. He has also been a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.