Faculty News Fall 2013
Brooke Allen is working on a collection of letters by the late satirist Terry Southern, to be published by Anti Book Club in 2014. She will also be writing a brief biography of Benazir Bhutto for Amazon Books’ new ICONS series. Her review of Anne Somerset’s Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion is forthcoming in the New York Times Book Review. Her reviews of new books appear in a monthly column in The B&N Review (online).
Benjamin Anastas had his memoir Too Good to Be True published in the U.K. (Blackfriars/ Little Brown) and excerpted in the Guardian. Recent essays have appeared in the Independent (U.K.) and issue number 6 of The Common, the newish literary magazine published out of Amherst College. His review of Marcos Giralt Torrente’s short story collection The End of Love (McSweeney’s) is in the December//January issue of Bookforum.
Doug Bauer’s collection of personal essays, What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death, has just been published by the University of Iowa Press. In conjunction with its publication he has appeared at this fall’s Boston Book Festival, the Concord Book Festival in Concord Massachusetts, the New York State Writers’ Institute reading series, and the Wonder of Words Festival in Des Moines. He’ll be appearing on a panel at the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle and will be reading later in the spring at Smith College, in Northampton Massachusetts. His review of Dana Goodyear’s book, Anything That Moves, is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, as is an interview with him about the genre of the personal essay and the ongoing state of fiction versus non-fiction, conducted by Smith professor Michael Thurston, in the literary journal, Rain Taxi. His three novels, Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans, will be reissued in 2014 by University of Iowa Press.
Annabel Davis-Goff is currently writing a book on the publishing history and two historic obscentiy trials of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Annabel has worked for over thirty years with organizations that provide housing and services for homeless families. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Housing Plus Solutions and is active in the cause of prison reform. She is one of the organizers of a conference on Incarceration in the United States to be held in the fall of 2014. She is also developing a new CAPA course, Incarceration in America, for Spring 2014.
Michael Dumanis has coedited, with poet Kevin Prufer, a collection of poems by, and essays about, the avant-garde African American poet Russell Atkins–Russell Atkins: On the Life & Work of an American Master–which came out earlier this Fall from Pleiades Press, as part of their Unsung Masters Series. This February, he is reading on a panel called “Goodbye, Lenin: Poets Write the Cold War and Its Aftermath” at the 2014 Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle; in addition he is moderating an AWP panel on “Rethinking the Poetry Workshop: Innovating and Subverting Traditional Creative Writing Pedagogy”–panel participants include Mark Wunderlich and former Bennington Literature faculty member April Bernard. In Winter 2014 Michael will be a Writer-in-Residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida.
Marguerite Feitlowitz is speaking on recent Argentine fiction in early November 2013 at the Harvard University Conference on Democracy and Memory in Latin America. Recent publications include a review-essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books on the first English translation of Rodolfo Walsh’s Operacion Massascre; and translations of poetry and prose by Salvador Novo at WordsWithoutBorders. Forthcoming publications include a review essay for Bookforum on Arturo Fontaine Talavera’s La Vida Doble: A Novel (November, 2013); the translation of Salvador Novo’s Pillar of Salt: An Autobiography with Nineteen Erotic Sonnets, with an introduction by Carlos Monsibais (University of Texas Press, March 2014); and reviews of Jean Franco’s Cruel Modernity for the Americas and Susana Draper’s Afterlives of Confinement: Spatial Transitions in Postdictatorship Latin America for the Journal of Latin American Studies (University of Cambridge). Also, Marguerite is Guest Editor (with Ksenija Bilbija) of the Spring 2014 issue of REVIEW: Latin American Literature and Arts, whose theme is “Beyond Violence: Toward Justice” and which focuses on the rising generation of highly inventive writers whose work reflects and engages with legacies of violence, the vicissitudes of transition, and the cultural energies invigorated by the quest for justice in recovering or still-precarious political situations.
Rebecca Godwin will present, along with Margaret Sweeney ’14 and Mariyama Scott ’15, at the national FUSE Conference at Davidson College in Charlotte, NC, in November. FUSE–the Forum for Undergraduate Editors–sponsors conferences for student and faculty editors and advisors annually. Bennington will host the 2014 conference. Her novel Keeper of the House recently became available on various e-books.
Mark Wunderlich participated in this year’s Poets Forum in New York City in October, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, where he read with poets Mary Jo Bang and Roger Reeves at the closing event of the weekend. His essay on Sylvia Plath is appearing in American Poet. His forthcoming collection of poetry, The Earth Avails, is forthcoming from Graywolf in Spring 2014, and has received a Starred Review in Publishers’ Weekly.