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“NER Out Loud” Brings Poems and Stories to the Stage Nov. 8

November 4, 2019

Middlebury College students from Oratory Now will present selections from the New England Review followed by a student reading and reception

six Middlebury College students speak into microphonesMiddlebury, 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 the sixth annual live performance of “NER Out Loud” on Friday, November 8, at 7:30 P.M. at the Mahaney Arts Center. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with student writers. Both events are free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be offered.

“The combination of New England Review’s content—a rich selection of new poetry and prose—and Oratory Now’s energy and commitment to oral expression, makes for a dynamic and always-surprising live performance,” says Carolyn Kuebler, Editor of New England Review. “Every year we can’t wait to hear what new layers will be revealed from the texts when these students, coached by Dana Yeaton, take the stage and make the words their own.” The annual live performance has evolved to include a podcast version of NER Out Loud, a student-led project that offers readings from NER year-round, available at

This year’s readers and selections for the live program will include: Dave Anderson ’19.5 reading Breathe by Jerald Walker; Steph Miller ’20 reading Protozoa by Ella Martinsen Gorham, edited and directed by Cole Merrell ’21; Max Padilla ’22 reading Caterpillars by Rosaleen Bertolino; Andrés Santana '23 reading Last Sundays at Bootleggers by Carlos Andrés Gómez; Cole Merrell ’21 reading For You by Aleš Šteger; and Kamari Williams ’23 reading Still Still Still by Matthew Lippman. All of the selections were originally published by New England Review.

In a post-show “S’more Readings Reception,” student writers will read from their own recent work and present a variety of campus literary publications. Attendees will be invited to enjoy s’more-themed treats while listening to the readings in the lobby and browsing an assortment of literary magazines.

NER Out Loud is the result of a partnership between the Mahaney Arts Center, the student group Oratory Now, and the New England Review. Literary arts programs are a growing part of the overall offerings at the Mahaney Arts Center, 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. NER Out Loud has been organized by New England Review Editor Carolyn Kuebler, playwright and Oratory Now director Dana Yeaton, and Mahaney Arts Center Director Liza Sacheli.

This event is for mature audiences.

Performance Details

NER Out Loud will take place on Friday, November 8, at 7:30 P.M. in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Arts Center. The reception will take place in the lobby immediately following the performance. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Arts 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: “NER Out Loud” will feature Middlebury College students from Oratory Now delivering live readings poetry and prose from the New England Review on Friday, November 8 at the MAC. Stay for a reception with “S’more Readings” after the show. Photos Todd Balfour

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