2008-09 Bennett Fellows
Luljeta Lleshanaku
International Women's Forum Fellow
Luljeta Lleshanaku Luljeta Lleshanaku, one of Albania's foremost younger poets, is the author of four critically acclaimed collections: The Sleepwalker's Eyes, Sunday Bells, Half-Cubism, and Antipastoral. Selections from those books were gathered by editor Henry Israeli and translated into English for Fresco, published in 2002 by New Directions. Her newest project is a collection of literary essays about the historical, cultural, and anthropological roots of her poems. Luljeta grew up under virtual house arrest for her family's opposition to Enver Hoxha's dictatorship and she was prohibited from attending college or publishing her work until after the regime's collapse in 1991. She received a literature degree from the University of Tirana and later held editorial posts at the weekly magazine Zëri i rinisë (The Voice of Youth) and the literary newspaper Drita (The Light). In 1999, she participated in the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Mary Palevsky
BMI – Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress
Mary Palevsky Mary Palevsky directed the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project at UNLV from 2003 to 2008. She is the author of Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions, which explores the moral legacy of the atomic bomb through the experience of her parents, both scientists at Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II, and through interviews with leading Manhattan Project scientist. She is currently working on a book examining the role of underground nuclear testing in America's democratic development. Mary's work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner magazines. From 1975 to 2002, she wrote and produced ESL and Spanish language programs for business, industry, and nonprofit institutions through the Granados School of Languages, an organization she founded with her husband. She holds a doctorate from the Fielding Graduate Institute.

Robert Rosenberg
Sonja and Michael Saltman Fellow
Robert Rosenberg Robert Rosenberg is the author of the novel This Is Not Civilization, a Borders Original Voices pick and the recipient of the 2005 Maria Thomas Fiction Award. He is currently at work on a novel set in Istanbul that explores the overlapping heritage of Jews and Armenians in the city, and he frequently contributes book reviews to The Miami Herald and The Moscow Times. Robert served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan from 1994-1996 and later taught high school on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. A graduate of Columbia University, he received an MFA from the Iowa Writer' Workshop, where he was awarded a Maytag Fellowship and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Bucknell University.

2015-16 Shearing Fellow Okey Ndibe
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The EXTENDED application deadline for the 2017-18 Bennet Fellowships is November 15, 2016. Mailed materials should postmarked by November 15.

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