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“NER Out Loud” Brings Poems and Stories to the Stage Oct. 26

October 11, 2018

Middlebury College Students Will Present Selections from the New England Review and Launch the New NER Out Loud Podcast

Middlebury, VT—In the tradition of Public Radio International’s “Selected Shorts,” students from Oratory Now will read selections from the New England Review (NER) literary magazine in this fifth annual live performance of “NER Out Loud,” Friday, October 26, at 7:30 P.M. in the Dance Theatre at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. They will also unveil the new NER Out Loud podcast, which will launch that same night. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with writers and contributors to campus literary publications, who will read from their work. Both events are free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be offered.

This year’s readers and selections will include: Melanie Rivera ’19 reading “In Order of Appearance,” a poem by Heather Christle; Gillinda James ’21 reading “Dead Weight,” a story by Raven Leilani; Masha Makutonina ’21 reading the story “Biomass” by Alla Gorbunova, translated from Russian by Elina Alter; Pele Voncujovi ’19 reading the poem “Don’t tell them we’re going…” by Nathan Trantraal, translated from Afrikaans by André Trantraal; and Sam Martin ’19 and Rebecca Berlind ’21 reading “Modal Window,” a story by Janet Towle. All of the selections were originally published by New England Review.

Editors and contributors to the student literary magazines will also be on hand at the post-show reception to discuss their publications and read from their recent work. Attendees will be invited to enjoy s’more-themed treats while listening to the readings in the lobby.

NER Out Loud is the result of a partnership between the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the student group Oratory Now, and the New England Review. Literary arts programs are a growing part of the overall offerings at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and Middlebury College enjoys a rich tradition of literary prominence, thanks in part to the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English and Writers’ Conferences and the New England Review. Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the country and the Middlebury community boasts many prominent writers, both on- and off-campus. NER Out Loud has been organized by New England Review Editor Carolyn Kuebler, playwright and Oratory Now director Dana Yeaton, and Mahaney Center for the Arts Director Liza Sacheli.

Please note: this event may contain adult language and is for mature audiences only.

Performance Details

NER Out Loud will take place on Friday, October 26, 2018, at 7:30 P.M. in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The reception will take place in the downstairs lobby immediately following the performance. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to




Photo caption: Pele Voncujovi ’19 in the live reading event NER Out Loud, bringing stories and poems to the stage October 26 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo Todd Balfour

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