Benjamin Anastas


Anastas is the author of the novels An Underachiever’s Diary (Dial), which has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the 90s,” and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance (FSG), which was a New York Times notable book. His memoir Too Good to Be True was published in October of 2012. Other work has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, the Yale Review and The Best American Essays 2012. He has taught at Columbia University and is a member of the Core Faculty at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Anastas was a visiting faculty member for the 2012-2013 academic year and then joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2013.
Office: Barn 227
Phone: x4866
Office Hours: Tu 2:30 – 4:30pm


Recent Courses:

Fall 2014:
Reading and Writing Short Stories
Richard Wright and James Baldwin
Early American Literature

Spring 2014:
The Jazz Age Revisited