2015-16 Bennett Fellows
Walter Kirn is an American novelist and the author of nine books, including Up in the Air
, which have been made into feature films. His most recent is Blood Will Out
, a memoir of his friendship with the con artist and murderer Clark Rockefeller. His other books include Mission to America, My Mother’s Bible, The Unbinding, She Needed Me
, and My Hard Bargain
. His work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine
and Book Review, The New Republic, GQ
, and Esquire
Okey Ndibe is a Nigerian novelist, essayist, and political columnist. He is the author of Foreign Gods, Inc.
, about a Nigerian cab driver in New York who sets out to steal an ancient statue that was taken from his village, which New York Times
reviewer Janet Maslin named one of the ten best books of 2014. He is also the author of Arrows of Rain
and the co-editor, with Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove, of a collection of essays on African conflicts. He earned his MFA and PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at Brown University, Bard College, and elsewhere.
Pulitzer Prize-finalist foreign correspondent and investigative journalist Gregg Jones is the author of three critically acclaimed nonfiction books: Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam; Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America’s Imperial Dream
; and Red Revolution: Inside the Philippine Guerrilla Movement
. He has reported on the fall of the Taliban and the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and has covered civil wars, insurgencies, revolutions, and other major events across five continents. His work has appeared in numerous publications around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post
, and Boston Globe
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
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5085
If you have questions about the Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.