Silver fox, right?! I just took my first-ever poetry class with him on German poetry - specifically Rilke, Trakl, and Celan - and it was simply splendid. I was initially scared as heck about taking a poetry class, but he’s so approachable and funny and kind and brilliant. When I met him with to discuss my midterm, he was really encouraging, helpful, and overall CHILL (he immediately gave me a crash course on metre, and then we proceeded to bond over our Lamy fountain pens). He’s given me some of the most valuable constructive criticism I’ve ever received. But anywho, you can probably get away with emailing him. He can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org. Definitely mention Plath.
Sure! In acting and film, we’ve got Alan Arkin ‘55 and Peter Dinklage ‘91, in writing we’ve got Bret Easton Ellis ‘86, Michael Pollan ’76 and Jonathan Lethem ‘86, in visual arts we’ve got Helen Frankenthaler ‘49. Those are just a few; there are plenty of other notable Bennington alums in the worlds of dance, science, medicine, public service, music, business and architecture. Here’s a full list (thanks Wikipedia!).
And that’s all not to mention that there are great current faculty members, like Mansour Farhang, revolutionary Iran’s first ambassador to the U.N. (before he resigned in protest of the theocratic takeover soon after the 1979 revolution), Ronald Cohen, a social psychologist who has done research studies concerning justice, and Mark Wunderlich, a poet who has published two collections of poems, with an additional one forthcoming.
Unfortunately, Bernard Cooper is not a member of the literature faculty for undergraduate students. Several of the literature faculty for our undergraduate program teach in the MFA in Writing program (which is low-residency and here when we are off at Field Work Term or summer break) and I know that faculty that teach in the MFA program have been hired to teach us undergraduates too in the past (sometimes as regular faculty and sometimes as visitors for a term or two). That being said, I wouldn’t count on Bernard Cooper being hired to teach you.
These are the literature faculty this term:
In the fall Doug Bauer teaches and I know that we are right now searching for two more literature faculty members (one of whom will be a poet).
One last thing: While the MFA program is here when most students are not, I know that I’ve had several friends who have been hired as program assistants and have gotten to stick around and sit in on lectures and readings!