The 25 Most Literary Colleges in America


Bennington College

The website says: “Literature and writing at Bennington are grounded in the idea that good writers are good readers.” Who can argue with that? Bennington became a destination for future writers after high profile names like Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, and Jonathan Lethem came out of there in the 1980s. But with a faculty that includes names like Phillip Lopate, Amy Hempel, and Paul Yoon, it remains the kind of college the future novelists dream of attending.