Megan Mayhew Bergman is the Associate Director of Bennington’s Masters in Fine Arts program and the author of two books with Scribner, Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women. Her work has been featured in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015, NPR’s Selected Shorts, the New York Times, Garden and Gun, and the Wall Street Journal. Bergman is a 2016 fellow at the American Library in Paris. Last year she received the George Garrett New Writing Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. At Bookstock she will give a short reading from her latest collection, Almost Famous Women, and discuss where she finds her best inspiration for work. She will explain why she believes short stories are an important and vibrant art form; what passionate readers might look for in close reads of a short story; and what authors to look for on the shelves.