Vermont Faculty, Summer 2018

Isobel Armstrong, FBA, BA, PhD, University of Leicester. Emeritus Professor of English, Geoffrey Tillotson Chair, and Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London.

Angela BrazilBA, California State University at Chico; MFA, University of Iowa. Director of Brown/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing; Resident Acting Company Member, Trinity Repertory Company.

Brenda BrueggemannBA, MA, University of Kansas; PhD, University of Louisville. Professor of English, Aetna Chair of Writing, University of Connecticut.

Brenda Brueggemann recently joined the English Department at the University of Connecticut as Professor and Aetna Endowed Chair of Writing. She has also worked at The Ohio State University as a Professor of English, a faculty adviser for the American Sign Language Program, and a coordinator for the Disability Studies Program. Her research focuses on disability and deaf studies in the humanities, and she is the author of Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places and Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness. Brueggemann has published over 60 essays and articles and edited and contributed to the book collections Literacy and Deaf People: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives;  Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities; and Women and Deafness: Multidisciplinary Approaches.

Michael Cadden, BA, Yale College; BA, University of Bristol; DFA, Yale School of Drama. Chair, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Susan ChoiBA, Yale University; MFA, Cornell University. Lecturer in English, Yale University.

Dare ClubbBA, Amherst College; MFA, DFA, Yale School of Drama. Associate Professor of Playwriting, Dramatic Literature, and Theory, University of Iowa.

Dare Clubb is associate professor of playwriting, dramatic literature, and theory at the University of Iowa, and co-head of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He has taught at Princeton University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was playwright-in-residence at the Juilliard School from 1985-87. His plays have been performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Juilliard, and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. His original play Oedipus received an OBIE award in 1999. He received the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award in 2007 and was a University of Iowa Faculty Scholar from 2009 to 2012.  

Tyler CurtainBSc, University of Colorado at Boulder; PhD, Johns Hopkins University. Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stephen Donadio, BBA, Brandeis University; MA, PhD, Columbia University. John Hamilton Fulton Professor of Humanities, Middlebury College.

Stephen Donadio received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), and completed his doctorate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses before moving to Middlebury College. A recipient of NEH and Rockefeller fellowships, he is longtime member of the Bread Loaf faculty, and served as editor of the New England Review for twenty years. At Middlebury he is currently the Fulton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Program in Literary Studies. He has written on Nietzsche and Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walker Percy, Joseph McElroy, and Thomas Pynchon, among others, as well as modern poets including John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and A.R.Ammons. At present his principal research interests are centered on a range of texts that challenge some established critical assumptions regarding the boundaries seen as separating certain literary categories, periods, and movements. 

Ruth Forman, BA, University of California at Berkeley; MFA, University of Southern California. VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.

Ruth Forman is the author of poetry collections Prayers Like Shoes, Renaissance, We Are the Young Magicians, and children’s book, Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon.  She’s received the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Durfee Artist Fellowship, the NCTE Notable Book Award, and recognition by The ALA.  Ruth is a former teacher of creative writing with the University of Southern California and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley as well as a thirteen-year faculty member with the VONA/Voices program. You can learn more about her at

John Fyler, AB, Dartmouth College; MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley. Professor of English, Tufts University.

John Fyler is a Professor of English at Tufts University, where he teaches medieval literature. His books include Chaucer and Ovid and Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun; he is currently finishing a book on Troilus and Criseyde. His most recent essay, "Language Barriers," won a prize from Studies in Philology. He has been an ACLS and Guggenheim Fellow, and has had resident fellowships at the Camargo and Bogliasco Foundations, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and the Huntington Library; in 2017 he was twice a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. 

David HuddleBA, University of Virginia; MA, Hollins College; MFA, Columbia University. Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont.

David Huddle is from Ivanhoe, Virginia, and he taught at the University of Vermont for 38 years. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Shenandoah, and Green Mountains Review. In 2012 his novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry. His most recent books are Dream Sender, a poetry collection published in 2015 by LSU Press, and a novel, My Immaculate Assassin, published in September 2016 by Tupelo Press.

Michael R. KatzBA, Williams College; MA, DPhil, University of Oxford. C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies, Middlebury College.

Michael Katz is the C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College. He has published two monographs on 19th century Russian literature (one on literary ballads and the other on literary dreams) and he has translated twenty Russian novels into English, including works by Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Turgenev, and Tolstoy. In 2015 he won an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship given by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. He is currently preparing a new translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment for a new Norton Critical Edition.

Gwyneth LewisBA, University of Cambridge; DPhil, University of Oxford. Former Welsh Poet Laureate. 2014 Bain-Swiggett Visiting Lecturer in Poetry and English, Princeton University.

Gwyneth Lewis was National Poet of Wales 2005-06, the first to be awarded the laureateship. She is an award-winning poet in both Welsh and English. In 2010 she was given a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors. Gwyneth’s two memoirs are Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book about Depression (Harper Perennial, 2002) and Two in a Boat: A Marital Rite of Passage (Fourth Estate, 2005). Gwyneth lives in Cardiff and she was the 2016 Robert Frost Professor of Literature at the Bread Loaf School of English.

Kate Marshall, BA, University of California, Davis; MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.

Kate Marshall is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves on the faculty of the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of the award-winning Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (2013) and articles on fabulism, weird fiction, media theory, and technology. She was the 2016-2017 Founders’ Fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she completed work on her study of nonhuman narration, Novels by Aliens. She co-edits the Post45 book series at Stanford University Press, and was 2017 keynote faculty for the Winter Theory School of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL).

Eric D. Pritchard, BA, Lincoln University; MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Assistant Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eric Darnell Pritchard is an assistant professor of English and 2016-2018 Criticism and Interpretive Theory Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His book, Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy (Southern Illinois University Press), was published December 2016. Pritchard’s other writings have appeared in scholarly and popular venues including Literacy in Composition Studies, Palimpsest, Southern Communication Journal, Public Books, and His article “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” (Harvard Educational Review) was awarded in 2014 the inaugural “Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship” from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). He has also received the Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University and a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Amy RodgersAB, Columbia University; PhD, University of Michigan. Associate Professor of English and Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College.

Amy Rodgers is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Her research focuses on early modern literature and culture, audience and popular culture studies, theories of adaptation, and dance studies. Among her publications are essays on the Renaissance court masque, Hindi-language cinema director Vishal Bhardwaj, Shakespeare's history plays' influence on HBO's Game of Thrones, and performance genealogies that cross different communicative forms, particularly theater and dance. Her first monograph, A Monster With a Thousand Hands: The Discursive Spectator in Early Modern England is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press in February of 2018. She is a co-founder of the Shakespeare and Dance Project, and, before commencing her academic career, danced with the Washington, Atlanta, and Joffrey ballet companies.

Margery SabinBA, Radcliffe College; PhD, Harvard University. Lorraine Chiu Wang Professor of English and South Asia Studies, Wellesley College.

Margery Sabin is Lorraine Chiu Wang Professor of English at Wellesley College. She has followed a varied itinerary in teaching and scholarship from her graduate studies in Comparative Literature (French, German, and English) to her current specialties in modern Irish and South Asian literatures and cultures. Many articles and three books mark stages of this trajectory: English and French Romanticism; Dialect of the Tribe: Speech and Community in Modern Fiction; Dissenters and Mavericks: Writings about India in English: 1765-2000.  Her more than twenty-five years of Bread Loaf summers are highlights of her teaching career. 

Cheryl SavageauBS Clark University; MA University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Poet/Writer/Storyteller/Artist; Editor-in-chief Dawnland Voices 2.0.

Cheryl Savageau is the author of the poetry collections, Home Country, Mother/Land, and Dirt Road Home, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer.  Her children’s book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming, was a Smithsonian Notable Book, and won the Skipping Stone Award for Children’s Environmental Literature.  She’s received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and was a three-time resident at the MacDowell Colony. She has worked as a mentor to Native writers through Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and Gedakina, and edited the online journal, Dawnland Voices 2.0. She has just completed a memoir about bipolar/manic depressive illness, Out of the Crazywoods.

Michele SteptoBA, Stanford University; MA, San Francisco State University; PhD, University of Massachusetts. Lecturer, Department of English, Yale University.

Michele Stepto is a Lecturer in the Yale English Department, where she teaches a seminar on Literature for Young People.  She has written stories and histories for young readers as well as adults, including Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket and Our Song, Our Toil: The Story of American Slavery as Told by Slaves.  With her son Gabriel she translated Catalina Erauso's memoir, Lieutenant Nun.  Other writings may be found online at Lacuna Journal, Mirror Dance Fantasy, and The Appendix.     

Robert SteptoBA, Trinity College, Hartford; MA, PhD, Stanford University. Professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies, Yale University.

Robert Stepto is Professor of English, African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. He has taught at Bread Loaf Vermont every summer since 1990. His fields include American and African American poetry, fiction, autobiography and book art. He has published From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative; Blue as the Lake: A Personal Geography; A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama. Most recently, he edited with Jennifer Greeson The Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s The Conjure Stories.

Robert SullivanAB, Georgetown University. Adjunct Professor, City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College. 

Robert Sullivan is the author of numerous books, including The Meadowlands, My American Revolution, A Whale Hunt and Rats, a New York Times bestseller. His essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's and Vogue, among many others. He is contributing editor at A Public Space and teaches at Hunter College, in New York. He lives in New York City.

Sam SwopeBA, Middlebury College; MA, University of Oxford. Founder and President, Academy for Teachers.

Sam Swope is president of the Academy for Teachers . He's the author of I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories,The Araboolies of Liberty Street, The Krazees, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! and Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants. 

Susanne WoffordBA, Yale College; BPhil, Oxford University; PhD, Yale University. Dean, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.

Michael WoodBA, MA, PhD, Cambridge University. Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Comparative Literature Emeritus, Princeton University.

Michael Wood is the author, most recently, of Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much (2015) and On Empson (2017).  He writes regularly on literature and movies for the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and other journals.  His forthcoming book is about the attractions of distraction.

Froma ZeitlinBA, Radcliffe College; MA, Catholic University of America; PhD, Columbia University. Charles Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Professor of Comparative Literature, Emerita, Princeton University.

Froma Zeitlin is Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University with emeritus status.  Her interests extend from archaic and classical Greek texts (epic, drama) to the study of ancient prose fiction and other works of Greek literature under the Roman Empire.  In Comparative Literature, her specialty is Holocaust studies. Her books include Under the Sign of the Shield: Semiotics and Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes (1982; 2d ed. 2009), Playing the Other: Gender and Society in Classical Greek Literature (1996), and two co-edited volumes, both published in 1990, Nothing to Do with Dionysos?: Athenian Drama in its Social Context ; and Before Sexuality: Structures of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World, and Mortals and Immortals: Selected Essays of Jean-Pierre Vernant (1991).   She has a special interest in relations between word and image as well as in gender and sexuality studies and has also published several essays on Holocaust literature.