FRIDAY MARCH 21 – 7.30PM – READING – Prize-winning writers from Bennington College’s MFA program converge for a third year to read new prose and poetry. This year features Ruth Crocker, Rebecca Chace, Jimmy Newborg, A.N. Devers, Steven Rosenberg, Gina Boubion, Liz Arnold, Lily White, Willa Carroll, and Julia Lichtblau. Wine, conversation, and book sales.
Ruth W. Crocker’s nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Saturday Evening Post, O-Dark-Thirty and elsewere. She is listed in Best American Essays 2013 and earned a Pushcart nomination for 2014. Her memoir, Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War will be published in spring, 2014.
Rebecca Chace’s second novel, Leaving Rock Harbor, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and finalist for the 2010 New England Book Award; She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and also teaches in the MFA program in creative writing.
Steven A. Rosenberg is a staff writer at The Boston Globe and documentary filmmaker. His films have been shown on PBS and CBS. He has also worked for the International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post, and Ha’aretz.
Lily White is a saxophone player, piano teacher, and writer. Her essays have appeared in Brevity and The Bennington Review, and she was a finalist in the 2013 Iowa Review Contest.
Jimmy Newborg’s short stories have appeared in Art Faccia, Little Fiction, and drafthorse: a literary journal. He lives in Brooklyn.
Willa Carroll, winner of Narrative’s 3rd Annual Poetry Contest and a Pushcart nominee, has published in Tin House, 5 AM, Narrative, Tuesday; An Art Project, Stone Canoe, Ilanot Review (forthcoming), and elsewhere. Narrative features her video readings on its website.
Liz Arnold has been recognized in the Georgetown Review and The Atlantic writing contests. The New York Times, Dwell, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and The Paris Review online have published her work. She teaches writing in New York City public schools with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
Gina Lujan Boubion’s stories have appeared in Reed, 580 Split and The Antioch Review, which published “The American Dream is a Combination Lock,” a Pushcart nominee and 2013 Best American Nonrequired Reading Notable. She reviews books frequently for The Common.
A.N. Devers’ work has appeared in Electric Literature, Slice, Tin House, and online issues of Lapham’s Quarterly, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. Her essay, “On the Outskirts” was a Notable in The Best American Essays 2011. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. She is founder of Writers’ Houses, an online publication about visitable writers’ houses.
Julia Lichtblau’s writing has appeared in Narrative, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for Narrative’s Winter and Fall 2013 story contests. Now book review editor of The Common, she covered international finance at BusinessWeek and Dow Jones in New York and Paris.
Free Admission, Donations are welcome
Photo: Ryan Frank