2007-08 Bennett Fellows
Tom Bissell
BMI Inaugural Fellow
Tom Bissell Tom Bissell, a contributing editor to Harper's and the Virginia Quarterly Review, is the author of The Father of All Things: a Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam; Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia ; and God Lives in St. Petersburg and Other Stories. His stories and journalism have appeared in The Believer, Esquire, GQ, Salon, and McSweeney‘s, among other periodicals, and his work has been selected several times by The Best American Short Stories, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Science Writing series. In 2006 he was awarded the Rome Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Donna Hemans
International Women‘s Forum Fellow
Donna Hemans Jamaican writer Donna Hemans is the author of River Woman, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2003 and co-winner of the 2003-2004 Towson University Prize for Literature. Donna‘s short fiction has appeared in Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, MaComere: the Journal of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars and THEMA. She has served as the Lannan Visiting Creative Writer in Residence at Georgetown University and an instructor at the Writer‘s Center in Bethesda, MD.

Josip Novakovich
Sonja and Michael Saltman Fellow
Josip Novakovich Josip Novakovich moved from Croatia to the United States at the age of twenty. He has published a novel, April Fool‘s Day; three story collections, Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Salvation and Other Disasters, and Yolk; and two collections of narrative essays. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize collection, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, and he has received a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, a Whiting Writers‘ Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Ingram Merrill Award, and an American Book Award. Novakovich teaches in the MFA program at Penn State University.

2015-16 Shearing Fellow Okey Ndibe
Application & Deadlines

The EXTENDED application deadline for the 2017-18 Bennet Fellowships is November 15, 2016. Mailed materials should postmarked by November 15.

How to Apply

(1) Download and fill out this PDF application form (use Adobe Acrobat for best results).

(2) Submit the PDF form and other required materials online here.

(3) Mail a hard copy of all application materials and one published book (in English) to the following address:

Attn: Fellowship Application
Black Mountain Institute
Box 455085
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5085


If you have questions about the Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program, please email cynthia.reed@unlv.edu.

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