FRIDAY MARCH 22 – 7.30PM – READING – Writers from the Bennington College MFA Program and Beyond converge. Featuring acclaimed novelist Alice Mattison, Liz Arnold, Jeremy Oldfield, T. Glen Coughlin, Willa Carroll, Amy Herrick, Jackie Corley, Julia Lichtblau
Alice Mattison, Brooklyn native and Bennington faculty member, has written six novels and five story collections. The New York Times Book Review described her new novel, When We Argued All Night as â€œâ€¦dazzling. Her prose is so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary.â€ Earlier novels include Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn and The Book Borrower.
Liz Arnold has been recognized in Georgetown Review and The Atlantic contests and by the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists awards. She writes about design in her blog, Homebodies, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She teaches writing via the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She received an MFA in Nonfiction from Bennington.
Jeremy Oldfield is Farm Manager at the Yale Sustainable Food Project, where he teaches agricultural technique and “food literacy.” His stories have appeared in Edible Bay East. A songwriter, he plays in the New Haven-area band, The Bitter Greens. He received his MFA in Nonfiction from Bennington.
T. Glen Coughlin published his third novel, One Shot Away, about a high-school wrestling team, in October 2012.Â His praised first novel, The Hero of New York, finished when he was 23, explored the suburban dreamâ€™s dark side. Coughlinâ€™s short stories have appeared in Doubletake Magazine, South Dakota Review and DUCTS. He has an MFA from Columbia University.
Willa Carroll’s poems have appeared in Tin House, Narrative, 5 AM, Mary Magazine, Stone Canoe, Tuesday; An Art Project, and Readings for Writers (Edition 12). Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won Narrativeâ€™s Third Annual Poetry Contest. She has taughtÂ workshops at William Patterson University and is poetry editor for Swink Magazine. Carroll earned an MFA from Bennington.
Amy Herrick is an Iowa Writersâ€™ Workshop graduate. Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She has published two adult novels, At the Sign of the Naked Waiter and The Happiness Code, and Kimboâ€™s Marble, for children. She lives in Brooklyn. The Time Fetch, her forthcoming book for middle-graders, was inspired by Prospect Park.
Jackie Corley is publisher and co-founder of the online literary magazine, Word Riot and Word Riot Press, an independent press. Her writing has appeared in 3AM Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Redivider, and other magazines and print anthologies. Her story collection, The Suburban Swindle, appeared in 2008.
Julia Lichtblauâ€™s writing has appeared in The Florida Review, Best Paris Stories,Â Ploughshares blog, Narrative, The Common and elsewhere. In 2011, she won the Paris Short Story Contest and 2nd Prize in the Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest. She has an MFA from Bennington. She was a journalist at BusinessWeek and Dow Jones and is Book Review Editor for The Common