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Pinckney Benedict

Pinckney Benedict

Instructor, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


Pinckney Benedict is the author of the novel Dogs of God and three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is Miracle Boy and Other StoriesHis work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, the O. Henry Award series (twice), the Pushcart Prize series (three times), the Best New Stories from the South series (four times), Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story.  

He wrote the screenplay for the feature film Four Days, and the lyrics and libretto for A:The Scarlet Letter, a musical adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. 

Benedict is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fiction grant from the Illinois Arts Council, two Plattner Awards for fiction from Appalachian Heritage magazine, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award.  

He has taught at Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, West Virginia University, Warren Wilson College, Princeton University, Davidson College, and Hollins University. He has taught on the faculties of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Summer Words Writing Retreat & Literary Festival. He teaches each summer at the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, a conference he co-founded with the writer Fred Leebron. 

Benedict teaches fiction in our low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. 

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