Bard Literature Program


Upcoming Events


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    Bard and the 2020 PEN America Awards: Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Longlisted, Writer in Residence Dawn Lundy Martin and Alumnus Pierre Joris ’69 among Judges

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    National Book Award Winner Sigrid Nunez to Read at Bard College on November 11

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    Bard College Offers New Scholarship in Classical Studies

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    Comics Writer David Avallone ’87 Sets New Bettie Page Story at Blithewood during Halloween

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    Bard Fiction Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner Peter Orner to Read at Bard College on October 28


Literature Students – Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize

A prize awarded to students who have submitted particularly distinguished creative and critical writing in course work: 2019 – Alexander Beatty (creative) & Ziyan Wang (critical) 2018 – Geneva Zane (creative) & Alexandra Michaud (critical) 2017 – Amelia Maggio (creative) … Continue reading Posted on 30 May 2019 | 7:30 am

Literature Faculty Activities and Accomplishments

“The Order of Lenin: ‘Find Some Truly Hard People’,” by Jonathan Brent, was published by The New York Times in May 2017. A provocative, unprecedented anthology featuring original short stories and art from some of today’s most acclaimed writers and … Continue reading Posted on 28 February 2018 | 6:00 am

The Literature Program at Bard is free from the barriers that are often set up between critical and creative engagement, between different national literatures, or between the study of language and the study of the range of intellectual, historical, and imaginative dimensions to which literature is changing forms persistently refer.

If language is among our most expressive media, our most thoughtful media, then its careful study can only enrich our communication with each other: present, past, and future. The study of literature is grounded in the study of words and syntax: how we make meaning in language and how language makes meaning in us.