Bruce Bennett

Professor Emeritus of English

Bruce Bennett

"For me, what's really special about Wells is the relationship that comes to exist between faculty and students. I think it's unique, or at least, can only occur in this kind of intimate community. Faculty members expect to get to know each student as a whole person, not simply as a mind enrolled in a course, and students in turn recognize faculty's intense involvement in their education as central to their experience."

Professor Bennett is a nationally recognized poet, editor, and reviewer. He is the author of more than twenty chapbooks of poems and nine full-length poetry collections. Professor Bennett was a founding editor of the magazines Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and Ploughshares and has reviewed contemporary poetry for the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and Harvard Review . He served for many years as an Associate Editor at State Street Press. In 2004, the journal Paintbrush devoted an entire issue to his work.

In addition to teaching, he directs the College's creative writing program and coordinates the acclaimed Visiting Writers Series. He received the College's Excellence in Teaching Medal in 1990.


1961 A.B. Harvard University
1962 A.M. Harvard University
1967 Ph.D. Harvard University

Select Publications

Bennett, Bruce. Something Like Karma. Clandestine Press, 2009
Bennett, Bruce. Web-Watching . Bright Hills Press, 2005 (winner of 2005 Chapbook Competition)
Bennett, Bruce. Grief and Love. FootHills Publishing, 2004
Bennett, Bruce. Greatest Hits 1962-2000. Pudding House Publications, 2001
Bennett, Bruce, Navigating the Distances: Poems New and Selected. Orchises Press, 1999
(see Bruce Bennett's Poetry website, for full listing)

Courses Taught

  • Poetry Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • The Maker's Craft: Uses of Form in Poetry
  • Major American Poets of the Twentieth Century
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • British Romantic Poetry
  • British Victorian Poetry
  • Modern British Poetry
  • Other literature and advanced creative writing courses