Bennington MFA Scholarship Fellow Announcement


Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, established a one-time creative writing MFA scholarship for Emerging Voices Fellows in 2018. Bennington will grant the scholarship amount of $10,000 across four terms for an Emerging Voices Fellow for the January 2018 residency.

Congratulations to alumna Shari Poindexter (EV ‘01) on being awarded the $10,000 Bennington Writing Seminars Emerging Voices Scholarship!

A sincere thank you to Bennington for extending two additional scholarships to fiction writers Monica Carter (EV ‘10) and Davin Malasarn (EV ‘08)!

The Bennington Writing Seminars Emerging Voices Scholarship was made possible by the generosity of the Bennington January 2017 graduating class. We are grateful to them for their support and for creating this incredible opportunity.

Shari Poindexter is a doctoral candidate in Occupational Therapy at USC who has led seminars and workshops on a range of healthcare issues specifically for cancer survivors and underserved populations. She is also a Hospice volunteer. Poindexter was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and she earned a John Densmore Scholarship at UCLA and a May Merrill Miller award for outstanding short story.

Monica Carter is Program Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation's LGBTQ Writers-in-Schools program. She was a PEN Center USA MARK Program Fiction Fellow, a Lambda Literary Foundation LGBT Emerging Writer Fellow, and a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow.

Davin Malasarn is Lead Writer and Director of Presidential Communications at Cal Tech. He has a Ph.D. in biology, and was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest, and was a featured writer for the New Short Fiction Series.