Bennington College unveils lineup for Writers Reading series

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BENNINGTON — From June 13 to 21, critically acclaimed, award-winning authors and faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars will host Writers Reading, an evening reading series during the MFA program's summer residency.

All readings are free, open to the public, and will take place in Deane Carriage Barn on the Bennington College campus.

On Thurs. June 13, at 7:00 P.M., Writers Reading welcomes Manuel Gonzales and Dorothea Lasky. 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! Lasky is the author of six full-length collections of poetry and prose, most recently Animal, coming out this fall from Wave Books, as well as Milk, Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, and Rome.

On June 14 at 7 p.m., Writers Reading welcomes April Bernard and Peter Trachtenberg. Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Brawl & Jag, her fifth collection of poems, was recently published by W.W. Norton. Trachtenberg is the author of "7 Tattoos," "The Book of Calamities" and "Another Insane Devotion," a 2012 New York Times Editors' Choice.

On June 15 at 7 p.m., Writers Reading welcomes Lisa Brennan-Jobs MFA '09 and Jamie Quatro MFA '09. Brennan-Jobs's first book, a memoir called "Small Fry," was a New York Times and National Bestseller and was selected as a Top Ten Book of 2018 by The New York Times, The New Yorker, People, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Quatro published her debut novel, "Fire Sermon," in 2018, and it was named an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and was named one of the Top Seven Novels of 2018 in The Economist.

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On June 16 at 7 p.m., Writers Reading welcomes Jennifer Chang and Susan Cheever. Chang is the author of "The History of Anonymity" and "Some Say the Lark," which received the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Cheever's most recent book is "Drinking in America," a look at American history through the lens of alcoholism. She has published seven other nonfiction books, five novels, been nominated for a National Book Circle Award, and won the Boston Globe Winship medal and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

On June 17 at 7 p.m., Writers Reading welcomes alumni fellows Keith Lesmeister MFA '14, Cassie Pruyn MFA '14, and Walter M. Robinson MFA '14. Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could've Been Happy Here. Pruyn is the author of "Bayou St. John: A Brief History" and the poetry collection Lena, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry. Robinson is a writer and physician in Massachusetts who recently completed a book-length manuscript of essays entitled "What Cannot Be Undone."

On June 19 at 7 p.m., Writers Reading welcomes Dinah Lenney and Stuart Nadler. Lenney is the author of "The Object Parade" and "Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir" and co-editor of Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. She's currently working on a book about coffee for Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series. Nadler is the author of two novels, "The Inseparables" and "Wise Men," and a short story collection, The Book of Life.

On June 20 at 7:30 p.m. (note later time), Writers Reading welcomes Chelsea Hodson MFA '17 and Claire Vaye Watkins. Hodson is the author of the book of essays Tonight I'm Someone Else and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Vaye Watkins is the author of the novel "Gold Fame Citrus" and the short story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, among others.

On June 21 at 7 p.m., Writers Reading welcomes Sarai Walker MFA '03 and Phillip B. Williams. Walker is the author of the novel "Dietland," one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Books of the Year in 2015. Dietland was adapted for television in 2018 by AMC and is now on Hulu in the United States and on Amazon Prime globally. Williams is the author of "Thief in the Interior," winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award.

Writers Reading is a hallmark series of the Bennington Writing Seminars, a two-year low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program with ten-day residencies in January and June. During the Seminars, students work closely with distinguished and actively publishing faculty, their path determined by the reading discipline as well as the production of original work. The mission of the Seminars is to connect the emerging writer with much of the best that has been done and to cultivate the critical skills that serve the writing as much as the reading.


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