Young Writers Faculty

Faculty of Young Writers Seminar at Bennington College


Keith LesmeisterDirector

Keith Lesmeister lives on a small farm in northeast Iowa. His stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Meridian, Redivider, Slice, Gettysburg Review, Columbia Review, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in Tin House Flash Fidelity, River Teeth, Water~Stone Review, and The Good Men Project. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, he currently teaches at Luther College and Northeast Iowa Community College.




Joanne Proulx’s critically acclaimed debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet was published internationally, won Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and was named a best debut by The Globe and Mail and Kirkus Reviews. The novel is currently in production as a feature film. Joanne’s second novel, We All Love the Beautiful Girls, will be published in Summer 2017, under Penguin’s prestigious Hamish Hamilton imprint.  A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Joanne lives, writes, teaches and has a ton of fun in Ottawa, Canada.


Creative Nonfiction

Lily White graduated from Oberlin College with an emphasis in Literature Lily Whiteand Piano performance.  After moving to Brooklyn, New York, she began her career as a composer, jazz saxophone player, and piano teacher–performing in clubs and jazz festivals around the world. In 2013, she earned an MFA from Bennington College. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Caffeine Press, The Bennington Review, The Southampton Review, and the New York Times. Her website is



Albert Abonado is the Director of Adult Programs at Writers & Books. He also teaches creative writing at SUNY Geneseo. In 2014, he received a NYFA Fellowship for poetry. He is the author of the chapbook This is Superbook (H_NGM_N) and his poems have appeared in Boston Review, Pleiades, Rattle, The Literary Review, The Margins, Waxwing, and others. Every Thursday from 2-3PM, Albert hosts Flour City Yawp on WAYO 104.3 FM-LP, a radio show dedicated to poetry. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife and their second hamster.