BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bennington College poet and faculty member has been named the next director of the school's master of fine arts program in writing.

Mark Wunderlich has been on the Bennington College faculty since 2004, and has been a core faculty member for the writing seminars since 2009.

Bennington College President Mariko Silver says Wunderlich's has strong roots at Bennington and a vision for how the program fits in the national landscape.

Wunderlich says he believes that being a writer is an extension of being a critical and discerning reader.

Bennington College is a liberal arts college in southwestern Vermont.