Begun in 2012, Poetry at Bennington is a series of brief multi-day residencies by prominent contemporary poets, both established and emerging, that takes place on the Bennington College campus. Each term we invite a number of poets (commonly four per term) to campus to read their work, give an interview, lecture and teach, meet one-on-one with students over their poetry, and engage in conversations with the college community. These residencies are typically directly tied to courses taught by the Literature faculty—in formal and informal ways—and have the goal of bringing poetry to the very center of the Bennington College experience. Poet Mark Wunderlich plans, curates, and administers this series, with regular assistance from poet Michael Dumanis. So far we have hosted both established and emerging poets, including Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Steve Burt, Alex Dimitrov, Mark Doty, Matthea Harvey, Shane McCrae, Spencer Reece, Paisley Rekdal, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mark Strand, Craig Morgan Teicher, C.D. Wright, and Monica Youn.
The series is made possible by a generous gift from Dale Smith and Deborah Klang Smith, parents of a Bennington Literature graduate who wished to express their appreciation to the college. The poets’ visits have been a major success here at Bennington, generating tremendous enthusiasm and participation from many students.
Fall 2015 Readings
7pm – Tishman Lecture Hall
September 30 – Roger Reeves
Roger Reeves’ first book, King Me, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013. Reeves has been named a Cave Canem and NEA Fellow and is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and Whiting Award. He is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
October 14 – Dorothea Lasky
Author of Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, Missouri-born Dorothea Lasky is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, and the Boston Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
For more information visit her website.
October 28 — Sarah Messer and Rick Barot
Sarah Messer is the author of two poetry collections, a history/memoir, and a book of translations. She runs One Pause Poetry (onepausepoetry.org) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rick Barot is the poetry editor of New England Review. His third collection of poems, Chord, will be published by Sarabande in 2015.
November 4 – Olena Kalytiak Davis
Olena Kalytiak Davis is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, The Poem She Didn’t Write And Other Poems (2014, Copper Canyon Press). Her honors include a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1996 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She practices law and raises her two children in Anchorage, Alaska.