80 Notable alumni of
Bennington College

Bennington College is 594th in the world, 227th in North America, and 209th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 80 notable alumni from Bennington College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Peter Dinklage

    Peter Dinklage
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    stage actorfilm actortelevision actoractorvoice actor
    Biography

    Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor and producer. He received acclaim for portraying Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series a record four times. He also received a Golden Globe Award in 2011 and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2020 for the role.

  2. Justin Theroux

    Justin Theroux
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in Bennington College
    In 1993 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in drama and visual arts
    Occupations
    film actorfilm producerfilm directorscreenwritervoice actor
    Biography

    Justin Paul Theroux is an American actor and filmmaker. He gained recognition for his work with director David Lynch in the mystery film Mulholland Drive (2001) and the thriller film Inland Empire (2006). He also appeared in films such as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), American Psycho (2000), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Strangers with Candy (2005), Wanderlust (2012), The Girl on the Train (2016), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018), On the Basis of Sex (2018), and Lady and the Tramp (2019).

  3. Holland Taylor

    Holland Taylor
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    actorstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Holland Virginia Taylor is an American actress and playwright. She won the 1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Judge Roberta Kittleson on ABC's The Practice (1998–2003). For her portrayal of Evelyn Harper on the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men (2003–15), she received a total of four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

  4. Alan Arkin

    Alan Arkin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Enrolled in Bennington College
    Studied in 1955
    Occupations
    film directormusicianwritercharacter actortelevision director
    Biography

    Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director and screenwriter. Throughout his career spanning over six decades, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

  5. Tim Daly

    Tim Daly
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    film producertelevision actorfilm actortelevision directorvoice actor
    Biography

    James Timothy Daly is an American actor and producer. He is known for his role as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings and his voice role as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as his recurring role as the drug-addicted screenwriter J.T. Dolan on The Sopranos (for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award). He starred as Pete Wilder on the ABC medical drama Private Practice from 2007 to 2012. From 2014 until 2019, he portrayed Henry McCord, husband of the Secretary of State, on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.

  6. Bret Easton Ellis

    Bret Easton Ellis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Enrolled in Bennington College
    Studied in 1986
    Occupations
    writerscreenwriternovelistpodcasterjournalist
    Biography

    Bret Easton Ellis is an American author, screenwriter, short-story writer, and director. Ellis was first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack and is a self-proclaimed satirist whose trademark technique, as a writer, is the expression of extreme acts and opinions in an affectless style. His novels commonly share recurring characters.

  7. Carol Channing

    Carol Channing
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2019 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    musiciansingervoice actorcomedianstage actor
    Biography

    Carol Elaine Channing was an American actress, singer, dancer, and comedienne, who starred in Broadway and film musicals. Her characters usually had a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect.

  8. Betty Ford

    Betty Ford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2011 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    dancerwriterautobiographermodelwomen's rights activist
    Biography

    Elizabeth Anne Ford was the first lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As first lady, she was active in social policy and set a precedent as a politically active presidential spouse. Ford also served as the second lady of the United States from 1973 to 1974.

  9. Donna Tartt

    Donna Tartt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    writernovelist
    Biography

    Donna Louise Tartt is an American author. Tartt's novels are The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), and The Goldfinch (2013). Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014. She was included in Time magazine's 2014 "100 Most Influential People" list.

  10. Farahnaz Pahlavi

    Farahnaz Pahlavi
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Enrolled in Bennington College
    Studied in 1981-1982
    Occupations
    psychologist
    Biography

    Farahnaz Pahlavi is the eldest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi by his third wife, Farah Diba.

  11. Yasmin Aga Khan

    Yasmin Aga Khan
    Born in
    Switzerland Flag Switzerland
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    philanthropist
    Biography

    Princess Yasmin Aga Khan is a Swiss-born American philanthropist known for raising public awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

  12. Anne Ramsey

    Anne Ramsey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-1988 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    stage actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Angelina "Anne" Ramsey was an American actress. She is best known for her film roles as Mama Fratelli in The Goonies (1985) and as Mrs. Lift in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), the latter of which earned her nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

  13. Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    writerjournalistprofessornon-fiction writer
    Biography

    Michael Kevin Pollan is an American author and journalist, who is currently the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

  14. Alley Mills

    Alley Mills
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    television actoractorfilm actor
    Biography

    Allison "Alley" Mills, also known as Alley Bean, is an American actress best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age series The Wonder Years, and her current role as Pamela Douglas, the sister of the late Forrester matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

  15. Andrea Dworkin

    Andrea Dworkin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-2005 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    essayistnovelistliterary criticfeministjournalist
    Biography

    Andrea Rita Dworkin was an American radical feminist writer and activist. She is best known for her analysis of pornography, although her feminist writings, beginning in 1974, span 30 years. They are found in a dozen solo works: nine books of non-fiction, two novels, and a collection of short stories. Another three volumes were co-written or co-edited with US Constitutional law professor and feminist activist, Catharine A. MacKinnon.

  16. John Billingsley

    John Billingsley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    John Billingsley is an American actor known for his role as Doctor Phlox on the television series Star Trek: Enterprise.

  17. Richard Deacon

    Richard Deacon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-1984 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    actorcheftelevision actorfilm actorstage actor
    Biography

    Richard Lewis Deacon was an American television and motion picture actor, best known for playing supporting roles in television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It To Beaver, and The Jack Benny Program along with minor roles in films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).

  18. Sally Mann

    Sally Mann
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Sally Mann HonFRPS is an American photographer who has made large format black and white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.

  19. Betty Aberlin

    Betty Aberlin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    actorpoettelevision actorwriterfilm actor
    Biography

    Betty Aberlin is an American actress, poet, and writer. She is best known as Lady Aberlin on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, a role she played for the entirety of the show's 33-year run.

  20. Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-2011 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    watercoloristdesignerprintmakerlithographerpainter
    Biography

    Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work. Frankenthaler began exhibiting her large-scale abstract expressionist paintings in contemporary museums and galleries in the early 1950s. She was included in the 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg that introduced a newer generation of abstract painting that came to be known as color field. Born in Manhattan, she was influenced by Greenberg, Hans Hofmann, and Jackson Pollock's paintings. Her work has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions, including a 1989 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and been exhibited worldwide since the 1950s. In 2001, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

  21. Melissa Rosenberg

    Melissa Rosenberg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    screenwritertelevision producershowrunnerfilm producer
    Biography

    Melissa Anne Rosenberg is an American television writer, television producer, and screenwriter. She has worked in both film and television and has won a Peabody Award. She has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards, and two Writers Guild of America Awards. Since joining the Writers Guild of America, she has been involved in its board of directors and was a strike captain during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. She supports female screenwriters through the WGA Diversity Committee and co-founded the League of Hollywood Women Writers.

  22. Kiran Desai

    Kiran Desai
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    novelistwriter
    Biography

    Kiran Desai is an Indian author. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. In January 2015, The Economic Times listed her as one of 20 "most influential" global Indian women.

  23. Jonathan Lethem

    Jonathan Lethem
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    writernovelistessayistauthorscience fiction writer
    Biography

    Jonathan Allen Lethem is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. Since 2011, he has taught creative writing at Pomona College.

  24. Sheila Miyoshi Jager

    Sheila Miyoshi Jager
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    anthropologist
    Biography

    Sheila Miyoshi Jager is an American historian. She is a Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College, author of two books on Korea and the co-editor of a third book on Asian nations in the post-Cold War era. She is a well-known historian of Korea and East Asia.

  25. Diane Varsi

    Diane Varsi
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-1992 (aged 54)
    Occupations
    actorballet dancertelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Diane Marie Antonia Varsi was an American film actress best known for her performances in Peyton Place – her film debut, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award – and the cult film Wild in the Streets. She left Hollywood to pursue personal and artistic aims, notably at Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied poetry with poet and translator Ben Belitt, among others.

  26. Brix Smith

    Brix Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    singer-songwritersingerguitarist
    Biography

    Brix Smith is an American singer and guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist and a major songwriter for the English post-punk band The Fall. Acknowledging her importance to the band, and that she wrote most of the music for the band's most widely acclaimed album "This Nation's Saving Grace" (1985), some critics break the Fall's career and evolution into the pre-Brix years, the Brix years, and the post-Brix years.

  27. Paula Jean Welden

    Paula Jean Welden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-.. (age 94)
    Biography

    Paula Jean Welden was an American college student who disappeared while walking on Vermont's Long Trail hiking route. Local sheriffs were criticized for errors made in the investigation, which led to the creation of the Vermont State Police. Weldon's fate remains uncertain, and was one of several unexplained disappearances in the same area at the time.

  28. Gale Brewer

    Gale Brewer
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Gale Arnot Brewer is an American Democratic politician from the state of New York who has represented the 6th New York City Council District since January 2022. From January 2014 to December 2021, Brewer served as the 27th Borough President of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Brewer previously represented the 6th District on the New York City Council from 2002 to 2013.

  29. Joan Hinton

    Joan Hinton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2010 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    physicistnuclear physicist
    Biography

    Joan Hinton was a nuclear physicist and one of the few women scientists who worked for the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. She lived in the People's Republic of China after 1949, where she and her husband Erwin (Sid) Engst participated in China's efforts at developing a socialist economy, working extensively in agriculture. She lived on a dairy farm north of Beijing before her death on June 8, 2010.

  30. Anne Waldman

    Anne Waldman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    poetwriter
    Biography

    Anne Waldman is an American poet. Since the 1960s, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist. She has also been connected to the Beat poets.

  31. James Tenney

    James Tenney
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-2006 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    composermusicologistmusic theoristpianistdrawer
    Biography

    James Tenney was an American composer and music theorist. He made significant early musical contributions to plunderphonics, sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, process music, spectral music, microtonal music, and tuning systems including extended just intonation. His theoretical writings variously concern musical form, texture, timbre, consonance and dissonance, and harmonic perception.

  32. Elizabeth Swados

    Elizabeth Swados
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-2016 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    composerwritertheatrical directorchoreographermusician
    Biography

    Elizabeth Swados was an American writer, composer, musician, and theatre director. Swados received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography. She was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music, and won an Obie Award for her direction of Runaways in 1978. In 1980, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges awarded her an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters.

  33. Jonathan Elias

    Jonathan Elias
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    composerrecord producerfilm score composer
    Biography

    Jonathan Elias is an American composer, record producer, and musician best known for his film soundtracks, production for several pop and rock acts, and his award-winning advertising music.

  34. Bruce Berman

    Bruce Berman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    film producerexecutive producer
    Biography

    Bruce Berman is an American film industry executive and executive producer. He is the chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures, a position he has held from 1997 to 2021. His credits as an executive producer include American Sniper, The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, the Ocean's trilogy, Sherlock Holmes and its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Happy Feet and The Matrix franchise.

  35. Betsy Jolas

    Betsy Jolas
    Born in
    France Flag France
    Years
    1926-.. (age 96)
    Occupations
    composeruniversity teachermusic pedagogue
    Biography

    Elizabeth Jolas is a Franco-American composer.

  36. Charles Bock

    Charles Bock
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Charles Bock is an American writer whose debut 2008 novel Beautiful Children (published by Random House) was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year for 2008, and won the 2009 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  37. Marcia Freedman

    Marcia Freedman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-2021 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    politicianactivistpeace activisthuman rights activist
    Biography

    Marcia Judith Freedman was an American-Israeli activist on behalf of peace, women's rights, and gay rights. In 1969, she immigrated to Israel where she helped establish and lead the feminist movement in the 1970s. She was a member of the Knesset from 1974 to 1977.

  38. Ujwal Thapa

    Ujwal Thapa
    Years
    1976-2021 (aged 45)
    Enrolled in Bennington College
    In 2000 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politiciansocial activistbusinessperson
    Biography

    Ujwal Thapa was a Nepali youth leader and activist, entrepreneur, and social worker. He was the president of the Bibeksheel Nepali party.

  39. Alex Bleeker

    Alex Bleeker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    musician
    Biography

    Alexander William Bleeker is an American musician and guitarist. He is best known as the bassist of the American indie rock band Real Estate, with whom he has recorded four studio albums, and as the frontman and primary recording artist of the indie rock band Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann joined the Freaks onstage at Outside Lands in 2015.

  40. Amanda Urban

    Amanda Urban
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    literary agent
    Biography

    Amanda "Binky" Urban is an American literary agent and partner at ICM Partners.

  41. Heather Dewey-Hagborg

    Heather Dewey-Hagborg
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist and bio-hacker. She is best known for her project Stranger Visions, a series of portraits created from DNA she recovered from discarded items, such as hair, cigarettes and chewing gum while living in Brooklyn, New York. From the extracted DNA, she determined gender, ethnicity and other factors and then used face-generating software and a 3D printer to create a speculative, algorithmically determined 3D portrait. While critical of technology and surveillance, her work has also been noted as provocative in its lack of legal precedent.

  42. Nathalie Handal

    Nathalie Handal
    Born in
    Haiti Flag Haiti
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    poetplaywrightnon-fiction writer
    Biography

    Nathalie Handal is an American poet, writer and educator. She has published seven collections, winning the Palestine Book Award for Life in a Country Album and the Arab American Book Award for The Republics. She describes herself as a multi-city person: New York, Rome, Paris, Bethlehem.

  43. David Moss

    David Moss
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    composerjazz musiciansingerpercussionisttheatrical director
    Biography

    David Moss is an American composer, percussionist and self-taught vocalist, founder of the David Moss Dense Band; co-founder and artistic director of the Institute for Living Voice, Antwerp. His performances are noted for their innovative style, multimedia approach and improvisation. Moss has lived in Berlin, Germany since 1991, when he received a fellowship from the prestigious Berlin Artist Program of the DAAD.

  44. Liz Rosenberg

    Liz Rosenberg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    writerchildren's writer
    Biography

    Lizbeth Meg Rosenberg is an American poet, novelist, children's book author and book reviewer. She is currently a professor of English at Binghamton University, and in previous years has taught at Colgate University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hamilton College, Bennington College, and Hollins College. Her children's book reviews appear monthly in The Boston Globe.

  45. Mark Barnes

    Mark Barnes
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    lawyerHIV/AIDS activist
    Biography

    Mark Barnes is an American attorney serving as partner in the Ropes & Gray health care and life sciences practice based in Boston. He was director of policy for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and associate commissioner for medical and legal policy for the New York City Department of Health under the mayoralty of David Dinkins. He worked on the National Health Care Reform Task Force in the Clinton Administration. He also has served as executive vice president of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and founded and directed the Harvard University HIV/AIDS treatment programs in Africa. His current legal and advocacy work includes focus on the fields of research compliance, the ethics and regulation of clinical trials, medical privacy, and "big data" research. He is past president of the New York State Bar Association's Health Law Section.

  46. Ivy Pochoda

    Ivy Pochoda
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    squash playernovelist
    Biography

    Ivy Claire Pochoda is an American novelist and former professional squash player. Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Saint Ann's School. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker and screenwriter Justin Nowell.

  47. Char Davies

    Char Davies
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    installation artistmultimedia artist
    Biography

    Char Davies is a Canadian contemporary artist known for creating immersive virtual reality (VR) artworks. A founding director of Softimage, Co, she is considered a world leader in the field of virtual reality and a pioneer of bio-feedback VR. Davies is based in rural Quebec and San Francisco.

  48. Emily Mason

    Emily Mason
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1932-2019 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    painterartist
    Biography

    Emily Mason was an American abstract painter and printmaker. Mason developed her individual approach to the Abstract Expressionist and color field painting traditions with her veils of color and spontaneous gestural mark. Mason was born and raised in New York City, where she lived and worked until her death.

  49. Patricia Johanson

    Patricia Johanson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    artistpainterlandscape architectdrawer
    Biography

    Patricia Johanson is an American artist. Johanson is known for her large-scale art projects that create aesthetic and practical habitats for humans and wildlife. She designs her functional art projects, created with and in the natural landscape, to solve infrastructure and environmental problems, but also to reconnect city-dwellers with nature and with the history of a place. These project designs date from 1969, making her a pioneer in the field of ecological-art (or eco-art.) Johanson's work has also been classified as Land Art, Environmental Art, Site-specific Art and Garden Art. Her early paintings and sculptures are part of Minimalism.

  50. Kathleen Lanier Harriman

    Kathleen Lanier Harriman
    Years
    1917-2011 (aged 94)
    Enrolled in Bennington College
    Studied in 1940
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Kathleen Harriman Mortimer was an American journalist and socialite who played an important role in helping her father and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with behind-the-scenes management of the American delegation to the Yalta Conference. Her father W. Averell Harriman was then the US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and he played an important role in assisting Roosevelt, since the conference was held Yalta, a Black Sea port part of the Soviet Union.

  51. George Whitmore

    George Whitmore
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-1989 (aged 43)
    Occupations
    novelistpoet
    Biography

    George Whitmore was an American playwright, novelist, and poet. He also wrote non-fiction accounts about homosexuality and AIDS.

  52. Roxana Barry Robinson

    Roxana Barry Robinson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    novelistjournalistbiographerwriter
    Biography

    Roxana Robinson is an American novelist and biographer whose fiction explores the complexity of familial bonds and fault lines. She is best known for her 2008 novel, Cost, which was named one of the Five Best Novels of the Year by The Washington Post. She is also the author of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, and has written widely on American art and issues pertaining to ecology and the environment.

  53. Dan Cameron

    Dan Cameron
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    curatorjournalistexhibition curator
    Biography

    Dan Cameron is an American contemporary art curator. He has served as senior curator for Next Wave Visual Art at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), an annual exhibition of emerging Brooklyn-based artists since 2002. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, where he teaches the MFA symposium each spring for second-year students. Cameron may or not still be a member of the National Artist Advisory Committee for the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida, but does not sit on the board of Trustees for Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado.

  54. James Geary

    James Geary
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    James Geary is an American writer, former Europe editor of Time and deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. In this role he is also editor of Nieman Reports, oversees other Nieman print and online publications and manages a range of duties related to the Nieman Fellowship program and the foundation's journalism outreach efforts.

  55. Will Stratton

    Will Stratton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    songwritercomposersingersinger-songwriter
    Biography

    Will Stratton is an American singer-songwriter and composer. He released his first album during the summer after graduating from high school and has gone on to release a total of seven albums.

  56. Jasmin Darznik

    Jasmin Darznik
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Jasmin Darznik is the author of three books, The Bohemians, Song of a Captive Bird, a novel inspired by the life of Forugh Farrokhzad, Iran's notorious woman poet, and The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life, which became a New York Times bestseller. A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice" and a Los Angeles Times bestseller, Song of a Captive Bird was praised by The New York Times as a "complex and beautiful rendering of vanished country and its scattered people; a reminder of the power and purpose of art; and an ode to female creativity under a patriarchy that repeatedly tries to snuff it out." The Bohemians was selected by Oprah Daily as one of the best historical novels of 2021. Darznik's books have been published in seventeen countries.

  57. Zuleikha Chaudhuri

    Zuleikha Chaudhuri
    Occupations
    theatrical director
    Biography

    Zuleikha Chaudhari is a theatre director and lighting designer based in New Delhi and Mumbai, India. She is also a Visiting Faculty at The Dramatic Art and Design Academy, New Delhi.

  58. Maren Hassinger

    Maren Hassinger
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    sculptordanceruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Maren Hassinger is an African-American artist and educator whose career spans four decades. Hassinger uses sculpture, film, dance, performance art, and public art to explore the relationship between the natural world and industrial materials. She incorporates everyday materials in her art, like wire rope, plastic bags, branches, dirt, newspaper, garbage, leaves, and cardboard boxes. Hassinger has stated that her work “focuses on elements, or even problems—social and environmental—that we all share, and in which we all have a stake…. I want it to be a humane and humanistic statement about our future together.”

  59. Mohammed Naseehu Ali

    Mohammed Naseehu Ali
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    authorwriter
    Biography

    Mohammed Naseehu Ali is a Ghanaian-born writer based in New York City.

  60. Bessie Schonberg

    Bessie Schonberg
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1906-1997 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    choreographermusic pedagogue
    Biography

    Bessie Schonberg was a highly influential dancer, choreographer and teacher of the 20th century. She was at the center of contemporary modern dance from her beginning at Bennington College up until her death in 1997. Her career spanned sixty-five years and she helped mold a new generation of modern dancers including Lucinda Childs, Elizabeth Keen, Meredith Monk and Carolyn Adams (dancer).

  61. Virlana Tkacz

    Virlana Tkacz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    theatrical directortheatre managerwritertranslator
    Biography

    Virlana Tkacz is the founding director of the Yara Arts Group, a resident company at the world-renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York. She was educated at Bennington College and Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in theatre directing.

  62. Harold Davis

    Harold Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Harold Davis is an American photographer and author.

  63. Helen Mirra

    Helen Mirra
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    artistpainterinstallation artistvideo artist
    Biography

    Helen Mirra is an American conceptual artist. "[Like Henry David Thoreau, she is a] maximalist in a minimalist robe", with an idiosyncratic practice. She is engaged with ideas common to buddhist and pragmatist philosophies, and since 2008 her art practice has been integrated with walking. She has said of walking: "It is an unskilled activity, and a modest activity, and a free activity, and an always-available activity, and an equipment-free activity, and an active activity." In an essay on Mirra's work, Yukio Lippit described her engagement thus: "Mirra’s practice champions walking as a specific form of thinking that bypasses language. Indeed, one senses that she shares with Zen Buddhists in particular a deep skepticism towards language as an authentic mechanism of discovery." At the same time, she has often worked with language as a primary material.

  64. Tara Ison

    Tara Ison
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    novelistessayist
    Biography

    Tara Ison is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist.

  65. Cynthia Macdonald

    Cynthia Macdonald
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-2015 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    poetwriteropera singer
    Biography

    Cynthia Lee Macdonald was an American poet, educator, and psychoanalyst.

  66. Lindsay Howard

    Lindsay Howard
    Occupations
    curator
    Biography

    Lindsay Howard is an American curator, writer, and new media scholar based in New York City whose work explores how the internet is shaping art and culture.

  67. Denise Provost

    Denise Provost
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Denise Provost is an American politician who represented the 27th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2006 until 2020 and was a member of the Somerville, Massachusetts Board of Aldermen from 2000–2006.

  68. Jamie Quatro

    Jamie Quatro
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Jamie Quatro is an American fiction writer. Her debut story collection, I Want to Show You More, was published by Grove Press in 2013. Her first novel, Fire Sermon, was published in 2018.

  69. Eugenia Kim

    Eugenia Kim
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Eugenia Kim is a Korean American writer and novelist who lives in Washington, DC.

  70. Genevieve Belleveau

    Genevieve Belleveau
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    performance artistsinger
    Biography

    Genevieve Belleveau is an American performance artist and singer based in New York City and Los Angeles. Belleveau is best known for her relational art pieces which involve the audience in the art. She confronts within her work issues of human connection, technology and religious ritual. She was also a driver of a Mister Softee ice cream truck and has managed operations for the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

  71. Michael Klein

    Michael Klein
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    poetteacheracademicgroomnon-fiction writer
    Biography

    Michael Klein is an American Lambda literary award-winning fiction writer, poet, and faculty member of the English department at Goddard College and The Frost Place Conference on Poetry.

  72. Jeanne Mackin

    Jeanne Mackin
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Jeanne Mackin is an American author and a fellow of the American Antiquarian Society. Her published novels include A Lady of Good Family, The Beautiful American, The Sweet By and By, Dreams of Empire, The Queen’s War and The Frenchwoman. She published a trilogy of mysteries with New American Library, writing as Anna Maclean. The mysteries were also translated and published in Japan. She has authored several nonfiction books and written creative nonfiction and feature articles for The New York Times, Americana, Fiberarts and other national publications. Working with Finger Lakes Productions, she helped develop, write and edit scripts for nationally broadcast radio programs including Nature Watch and the Ocean Report with Sylvia Earle.

  73. Miranda Kennedy

    Miranda Kennedy
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    journalistwriter
    Biography

    Miranda Kennedy is an American journalist and writer. Her first book, Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, was published by Random House in 2011. Part memoir, part reported nonfiction, it tells the story of several Indian women to describe the slow pace of social and cultural change in India. The book received praise from The Washington Post, Macleans and Kirkus Reviews among others.

  74. Martha Rockwell

    Martha Rockwell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    cross-country skier
    Biography

    Martha Rockwell is a retired American cross-country skier and coach, who competed at the Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976. She has been cited in the U.S. as a "pioneer" and a "legend" in women's cross-country skiing, having been the U.S. women's cross-country ski champion 18 times between 1969 and 1975 as part of the first U.S. national cross-country ski team for women.

  75. J. R. Mitchell

    J. R. Mitchell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-2004 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    jazz drummermusic pedagoguerecording artist
    Biography

    James Roland "J. R." Mitchell was an American jazz drummer and educator who sought to promote awareness of the African American music experience. In the early 1980s, jazz journalist and Washington Post music critic W. Royal Stokes wrote, "J. R. Mitchell is the renaissance man of jazz."

  76. Jules Rosskam

    Jules Rosskam
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Jules Rosskam is an American filmmaker, artist, and educator. His films, which include transparent, against a trans narrative (2008), Thick Relations (2012), and Paternal Rites (2018), have helped shape the discussion around transgender narratives in 21st century film. Rosskam is also a noted fine artist, lecturer, and professor. He is currently assistant professor of visual arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  77. Mary Meriam

    Mary Meriam
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    poetwriter
    Biography

    Mary Meriam is an American poet and editor. She is a founding editor of Headmistress Press, one of the few presses (possibly the only press) in the United States specializing in lesbian poetry.

  78. David Lazar

    David Lazar
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Biography

    David Lazar is an American writer and editor, primarily known as an essayist. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he has been involved in the development of "creative nonfiction" in the United States, creating graduate programs, writing theoretically about the essay, and mentoring and publishing many subsequent writers of note.

  79. M. B. Goffstein

    M. B. Goffstein
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2017 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    writerillustrator
    Biography

    M. B. Goffstein was an American writer and illustrator of books for children and adults. She was the recipient of three New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year (A Little Schubert, Natural History, and An Artist), Special Recognition from the Jane Addams Children's Book Award (Natural History), and a Caldecott Honor for Fish for Supper.

  80. Barrett Warner

    Barrett Warner
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    poet
    Biography

    Barrett Warner is an American short story writer, poet, essayist, critic, and editor. The author of Until I’m Blue in the Face (1990), My Friend Ken Harvey (2014), and Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? (2016), his work has appeared in numerous literary journals and zines. He is a recipient of the Salamander fiction prize, the Tucson Festival of Books essay prize, and the Liam Rector, Chris Toll Memorial Chapbook, Cloudbank, and Princemere poetry prizes. In 2016, in recognition of his Maryland farm essays, he received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. He used the grant to finance his move to South Carolina. Since 1983, he has been a genre editor for several literary magazines including William and Mary Review, Blood Lotus, Whomanwarp, and Free State Review. He currently serves as general editor of Free State Review as well as acquisitions editor for its publisher, Galileo Books, Ltd. He is married to author and poet Julia Wendell.