News & Events

February 18, 2016

First Folio Festival

4:30pm, Thursday, February 18th
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Museum of Art, and Seeler Dance Studio

Join us for gallery talks, live performances, and refreshments celebrating the museum exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave us Shakespeare.  At 4:45pm and 6:15pm join professors Timothy Billings and James Berg for First Folio gallery tours in the Museum of Art.

December 3, 2015

12:30pm, Thursday, December 3rd Room 229, Axinn Center at Starr Library

Shakespeare's "Bad" Quartos: Voices from the Past

Bill Dodd presents an examination of original Shakespeare texts - so called "bad quartos" printed during Shakespeare's lifetime - for fascinating traces of original theatrical practices.

December 1, 2015

4:30pm, Tuesday, December 1st Room 219, Axinn Center at Starr Library

Bill Dodd Poetry Reading

Since retiring from teaching English Literature in Italian universities, Bill Dodd has lived in a small village in Tuscany surrounded by oak forests. He divides his time between writing poetry and laboring with his wife on her flower farm, enjoying encounters with the many creatures who visit them there. He will be reading from his collection of poems, Sightings.

November 16, 2015

Eleanor Henderson Reading from her Work

4:30pm, Monday, November 16
Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

Henderson reads from her first novel, Ten Thousand Saints (Ecco 2011), and discusses its film adaption, written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and released in the summer of 2015.  The film will be screened on November 14 at 5:30pm in Dana Auditorium. 

November 9, 2015

NER Reading with Three Vermont Authors: Castle Freeman Jr., Kathryn Kramer, and Rebecca Starks

7:00pm, Monday, November 9 
51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury

The NER Vermont Reading Series and Vermont Book Shop present three writers reading from their fiction, memoir, and poetry.  Books and beverages will be available to purchase.

November 5, 2015

Ryan D'Agostino '97 Reading from The Rising

4:30pm, Thursday, November 5
Room 103, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Award-winning journalist, Ryan D'Agostino '97 reads from his critically-acclaimed book The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and Resiliance in an American Town.  Following the reading and a Q & A, D'Agostino will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

November 4, 2015

Meet the Press Presents Ryan D'Agostino '97

4:30pm, Wednesday, November 4
Room 220, Bicentennial Hall

Ryan D'Agostino '97, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics, will deliver the first Meet the Press lecture of the year: "How to Be a Reporter: Old-Fashioned Journalism in the Digital Age."

October 27, 2015

Brittany Cavallaro Reading from her Work

4:30pm, Tuesday, October 27
Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

Brittany Cavallaro '09 published her prize-winning first collection of poems, Girl King, earlier this year, and her first young adult novel, A Study in Charlotte, will appear in 2016.  She won a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship in 2014, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

July 22, 2015

A Summer Reading with Michael Coffey, Penelope Cray, and Rebecca Makkai

The NER Vermont Reading Series and the Vermont Book Shop are pleased to present Michael Coffey, Penelope Cray, and Rebecca Makkai, who will read from their poetry and fiction at Carol's Hungry Mind Café. From as far as Chicago and as near as Shelburne, these three writers represent an extraordinary range of literary imagination. Books will be available for signing.

7:00pm, Wednesday, July 22nd
Carol's Hungry Mind Café

April 2, 2015

Colm Tóibín Reading from his Work

Colm Tóibín is an eminent Irish novelist and critic who has attracted a wide international audience with such works as The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster.  He teaches at Columbia University and frequently writes for The New York Review of Books.

4:30pm, Thursday, April 2nd
Twilight Auditorium

March 10, 2015

A Reading from Please Do Not Remove, with Karin Gottshall, Gary Margolis, Angela Palm, and David Dillon

New England Review and Middlebury College's Special Collections and Archives are pleased to present a reading from Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries.  The book's editor, Angela Palm, and three contributors - David Dillon, Karin Gottshall, and Gary Margolis - will read from and discuss selections from the anthology.  A reception will follow, and copies of the book will be given as a door prize.  Free.

4:30pm, Tuesday, March 10th
Davis Family Library, Special Collections and Archives Room 101

March 5, 2015

Jody Gladding Poetry Reading

Jody Gladding's newest poetry collection is Translations from Bark Beetle (Milkweed Editions, 2014).  Her other books include Rooms and their Airs (Milkweed Editions) and Stone Crop (Yale University Press).  Recent poems have appeared in Ecopoetics, Orion,, and other journals.  She lives in East Calais, VT, teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and translates French.  Her work includes object poems and sit-specific installations that explore the places where landscape and language converge.

4:30pm, Thursday, March 5th
Axinn Center, Abernethy Room

February 27, 2015

Mirrored Resonance: Sinophonic English Poetry, Poetics: Pedagogy

Dr. Jonathan Stalling will explore several permutations of Chinese-English interlanguages as they lead into his Sinophonic English opera (Yingelishi) before turning to a new work he is calling Mirrored Renaissance: The SinoEnglish Rime Tables. In this new project, Stalling draws upon Classical Chinese phonetics to create a novel algorithm, which has now transcribed over 130,000 English words into "Sinographic English," along with new 3D digital learning environments designed to teach accurate English pronunciation through Chinese characters.

12:15pm, Friday, February 27th
Axinn Center, Room 232

February 24, 2014

NER Out Loud

In the tradition of public radio's Selected Shorts, enjoy this evening of original prose and poetry from the New England Review literary magazine, read aloud by Middlebury College students.  Join the readers and organizers for a "s'more readings" reception after the event, including contributions from student literary magazines.

7:30pm, Tuesday, February 24th
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

January 22, 2015

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

This event will feature Karin Gottshall and Michael Katz.  Karin Gottshall's new book, The River Won't Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in poetry.  Michael Katz recently published The Kreutzer Sonata Variations and is currently working on a translation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.

7:00pm, Thursday, January 22nd
Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe

January 12, 2015

Reality Hunger: A Conversation with David Shields and Robert Cohen

An exploration of communication, miscommunication, mass culture and non-fiction - who owns ideas?  What are the distinctions between fiction and non-fiction?  Are traditional modes of expression obsolete given the velocity of digital culture?  This conversation is a reframing of the debate between creative non-fiction, memoir, and the relevance of the novel.

4:30pm, Monday, January 12th
Axinn Center, Abernethy Room 

November 17, 2014

Shahin Parhami: Self-Representation in Film

Award-winning Canadian/Iranian documentary filmmaker Shahin Parhami will speak on self-representation in film.  A reception in Brainerd Commons will follow from 6:30--7:30pm.

4:30 pm, Monday, November 17th
Robert A. Jones '59 House, Conference Room

October 28, 2014

Poet Kerrin McCadden Reading

Award-winning Vermont poet Kerrin McCadden will read new work as well as poems from her book, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.

4:30 pm, Tuesday, October 28th
Axinn Center, Abernethy Room

 October 23, 2014

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

Three Vermont writers read from their work: Emily Arnason Casey, Kathryn Davis, and Diana Whitney.

7:00 pm, Thursday, October 23rd
Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe

 October 2, 2014

Guest Lecturer: Lazare Bitoun

Lazare Bitoun, a professor of foreign languages, an editor of foreign literature and a translator of American novels will speak about his journey and career.

4:30 pm, Abernethy Room, Axinn

Presented by the Creative Writing Program 

January 16th, 2014

New England Review Vermont Winter Reading

Jay Parini, April Ossman, Ryan Walsh and Middlebury student Ryan Kim read from recent work.

December 2, 2013

Harriet Scott Chessman reads from her novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things.

4:30 pm, Abernethy Room, Axinn

Co-sponsored by the Scott Center

October 14th, 2013

D.T. Max reads from his biography Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story;  A Life of David Foster Wallace.

4:30 pm, Twilight Auditorium

September 26th, 2013

Daphne Kalotay reads from her fiction

4:30 pm, Abernethy Room, Axinn

April 25th, 2013

Maurice Kenny
The Saranac Lake poet reads from his book Molly Brant about the dashing and influential Mohawk figure of the colonial era, and other poems.

4:30 pm, Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

Co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

April 18th, 2013

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

Thomas Kivney, Eliza Gilmore, Henriette Lazaridis Power and Major Jackson.

7:30 pm, Thursday, April 18th
Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe

April 17th, 2013

Ian Pounds
Undestroyed:  One Man's Journey to Afghanistan

4:30 pm
RAJ Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the Bread loaf Writers' Conference

February 26th, 2013

Visiting Poet Karin Gottshall reading.

January 31st, 2013

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

Eileen Brunetto, Jon Mathewson, Julia Shipley and Jacob White.

November 27th, 2012

Alison Bechdel, award-winning graphic novelist

Dykes, Dads, and Moms to Watch Out For: A Talk by Graphic Memoirist Alison Bechdel

Co-sponsored by the Axinn Center at Starr Library Initiative, the First-Year Seminar Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Department of Film and Media Culture, and the Department of English and American Literatures. 

November 14th, 2012

Kathryn Davis, author of six novels, Labrador, The Girl Who Trod on a Toad, Versailles, and The Thin Place.  She has been the recipient of the Kafka Prize, The Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2006 Lannan Award for Fiction.

November 7th, 2012

Michael Collier,
Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Former Poet Laureate of Maryland

October 11th, 2012

Bianca Stone, Poet and Visual Artist

April 3rd, 2012

David Mungello, Professor of History, Baylor University

Western Queers in China:  Flight to the Land of Oz

April 19th, 2012

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

Joan Aleshire
Arthur Bloom
Kristin Fogdall
Kerrin McCadden

Congratulations to ENAM Professor Dan Brayton on the publication of his new book, Shakespeare's Ocean:  An Ecocritical Exploration.

April 3rd, 2012

Django Paris, Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at Michigan State

Language across Difference:  Toward Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies in Changing Urban Schools

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Education Studies Program, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Office of the Provost, and Wonnacott Commons.

March 9th, 2012

Rick Bass

The noted environmentalist discusses selected readings from previously published works and new work.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Environmental Studies and Environmental Affairs.

Congratulations to ENAM Professor Cates Baldridge on the publication of his new book, Prisoners of Prester John;  The Portuguese Mission to Ethiopia in Search of the Mythical King, 1520 -- 1526.

March 5th, 2012

Emily Bernard, Associate Professor, University of Vermont

Interracial Intimacy, or The Trouble with Friendship

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity;  The Program in American Studies.

March 6th, 2012

Award-winning poet C. Dale Young reads from his latest book, Torn.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program; the Abernethy Lecture Series; the Academic Enrichment Fund; the Office of the Dean of the College; the Pre-Med Society; Chellis House and Cook Commons.

February 21st, 2012

David Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaun Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

From Gilgamesh to Genesis

Co-sponsored by:  the Program in Comparative Literature; the Program in Literary Studies; The Departments of English & American Literatures, German, Italian, Religion, Classics, French and Chinese; the Academic Enrichment Fund; the Tillinghast Fund and Cook, Ross, Wonnacott and Brainerd Commons.

February 20th, 2012

Jacob Weisberg, Executive Editor of Slate Magazine

Government Without Newspapers

(Part of the Meet the Press Lecture Series)

February 14th, 2012

NER Vermont Reading Series

"Will Write for Love," with Addison County writers Jennifer Bates, Karin Gottshall, Carolyn Kuebler, Christopher Ross, Jeffrey Stauch, Karla Van Vliet, and David Weinstock.

January 19th, 2012

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

Readings from Stephen Kiernan, Chloe Joan Lopez, Daniel Lusk and Neil Shepard.

November 10th, 2011

Lucas Farrell

The poet and 2003 Middlebury graduate reads from his award-winning collection, The Many Woods of Grief.

November 10th, 2011

New England Review Vermont Reading Series

Readings from Sydney Lea, Ellen Dudley, Gloria Estela Gonzales Zenteno and Leath Tonino.

November 2nd, 2011

Brett Millier

ENAM Department Chair and Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature will give a talk:  "A Middlebury Dickinson:  The Poems of Ellen Kimberly Lane."

(The Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series).

October 18th, 2011

Shannon Cain

The award-winning short story writer reads from her latest collection, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors.

Co-Sponsored by the New England Review and the Program in Creative Writing.

October 15th, 2011

Billy Collins Reading

As part of Fall Family Weekend celebrations, the former Poet Laureate will read from his latest collection, Horoscopes for the Dead.


September 15th, 2011

The Middlebury Campus interviews our new Visiting Poet, Karin Gottshall.

May 9th, 4:00 pm

ENAM Barbecue at Atwater Dining!

May 5th, 2011 at 4:30pm

Senior Creative Writing Thesis students read from their projects.

Karin Gottshall is our new visiting poet!  Ms. Gottshall is the author of Crocus (2007) and the chapbook Flood Letters (2011).  She will be teaching ENAM 175 in the fall.


April 19, 2011, at 7 pm

New England Review Vermont Reading Series


Four Vermont writers -- Kathryn Kramer, Kellam Ayres, Castle Freeman Jr. and Ted Gilley -- will read from their work.

ENAM Professor Kathryn Kramer (Corinth) is the author of three novels, most recently Sweet Water. She has taught at Middlebury College since 1997.

Kellam Ayres (Middlebury) is a librarian at Middlebury College and a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English.

Castle Freeman Jr. (Newfane) is the author of four novels, most recently All That I Have, and a regular contributor to Vermont Life.

Ted Gilley (Bennington) is a freelance editor and writer. His book of short stories, Bliss, won the 2009 Prairie Schooner Fiction Prize.

March 22nd 2011

Rebecca Laroche, Chair of the Department of English, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Our Bodies, Our Gardens:  Arthur Stacie's Dropsy, Shakespeare's Iago and the Common Knowledge of Plants

Co-sponsored by Environmental Studies.

March 16th 2011

Jay Allison

The producer of NPR's "This I Believe" speaks as part of the "Meet the Press" series.

March 9th 2011

Karin Gottshall

The poet and ENAM Visiting Lecturer reads her new work.

February 24th 2011

Dealing with Uncertainty

ENAM professor Dan Brayton speaks as part of the Howard E. Woodlin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series.


February 22nd 2011

Congratulations to ENAM professor Dan Brayton!

Professor Brayton has been awarded the Northeast Modern Language Association Book Prize for his book Shakespeare's Hungry Ocean: Ecocriticism, Early Modern Culture, and the Marine Environment, forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press.

NeMLA is the northeast regional body of the Modern Language Association.

February 15th 2011

Rick Bass

The noted environmental writer reads from his latest book

Co-sponsored by the Program in Environmental Studies and The Academic Enrichment Fund.

November 11th 2010

Rob Cohen

Being a Jewish Writer

Sponsored by the Hillel Academic forum


October 13th 2010

John Irving

Co-sponsored by the Program in Women's & Gender Studies, Chellis House, the Creative Writing Program and Wonnacott Commons.

September 29th 2010

Howard Frank Mosher

Transforming History into Fiction:  The Story of a Born Liar

September 22nd 2010

Dan Brayton

The Middlebury College Lecture Series presents:

Whales in the West:  A Creaturely History

September 7th 2010

Ian McEwan

The Booker Prize winner reads from his new book, Solar.


April 30th 2010

Jennifer Grotz

A poetry reading

Co-sponsored by New England Review, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference and Cook Commons.


April 15th 2010

Lauret Savoy

Provenance Notes:  Readings and Reflections on Nature Writing, Race, and Geology

Lauret Savoy is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoake College.

Co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Geology, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

March 30th 2010

Michael Mewshaw

The journalist discusses his new book, Between Terror and Terrorism; An Overland Journey Across North Africa.

March 10th 2010

C. K. Williams

The Pulitzer Prize winning poet reads.

January 4th 2010

Steve Mentz

Tasting Salt:  Human Bodies and the Oceanic Environment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University.




November 5th 2009

David Barber

The poet reads from his collection, Wonder Cabinet.

David Barber is poetry editor of The Atlantic magazine and 2009-10 Robert Frost Fellow in Poetry.





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