2019 Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize Winners

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize winners:

First Place: Timothy Ree, Coke, Alone

Second Place: Xu Li, agnes martin draws grids in the open desert

2017 Course Titles

2017 Bread Loaf faculty and course titles are now available. Full course descriptions will be posted online in mid-December.

2016 Faculty and Course Titles

We’re happy to share here the following faculty and course titles for the 2016 sessions. Full course descriptions will be posted online in mid-December. For now, enjoy chewing on the possibilities: 

Bread Loaf Offers Special Waiver for New Mexico Applicants

The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English is pleased to announce that it will waive the application fee and $400 deposit for all students who apply to the New Mexico campus from now until the admissions season closes on Friday, May 13, 2016.

With an exceptional student-faculty ratio of approximately 7:1, Bread Loaf’s New Mexico campus at St. John’s College in Santa Fe enrolls 70-80 students each summer.

Enjoy Bread Loaf’s rigorous curriculum, eminent faculty, and community of engaged teachers and learners in an intimate Southwestern atmosphere. There is currently extensive course availability, abundant financial aid, and plenty of time to apply. Start your Bread Loaf application today at  

Director to Host 3rd Annual Bread Loaf Gathering

Director Emily Bartels will be hosting the 3rd Annual Bread Loaf Celebration at her home in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, October 18th from 5-7 p.m. All students, faculty, and staff – past and present – are welcome. Please RSVP at or 802.443.6000. A caveat from the Director, whose house is currently undergoing renovation: “The house is a wreck but the garden is beautiful!” Hope for sun.

Bread Loaf Celebrates Commencement 2014

Bread Loaf School of English Director Emily Bartels opened the school’s 95th Commencement exercises on August 9 with words of gratitude for the graduates: “Thank you for helping us see better and think differently.” This culmination of years of academic work and collaboration, Bartels observed, was also a celebration of the Class of 2014’s ongoing connection to Bread Loaf. - Read the full story here

2014 Bread Loaf Journal

The 2014 edition of The Bread Loaf Journal: Writings from the School of English is available now online. We hope you enjoy this year's collection of student poems, fiction, nonfiction and critical writing.

Bread Loaf Names Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners for 2014

Winners of the annual Bread Loaf Fiction and Robert Haiduke Poetry prizes have now been named. Sally Yazwinski, a fourth-year Bread Loafer, won the fiction prize for her story, Sounds of a Snow Storm. Catherine Shubert won first prize in the poetry competition for her piece entitled "Bipolar." Ryan Tyree earned second prize for his poem "Friends," and Sarah Getchell honorable mention for "For You."

Dana Olsen Named New Director of Admissions

Bread Loaf is delighted to announce that Dana Olsen, who joined the Bread Loaf staff in 2011, is our new Director of Admissions, following the retirement of Sandy LeGault from that position. 

2014 Vermont Calendar of Events

This summer at the Vermont campus, Bread Loaf will host a number of speakers and lecturers, including faculty and guest authors. These events are open to the public.

Bread Loaf Professor Arthur Walton Litz, Jr. Passes Away

Arthur Walton Litz, Jr., Bread Loaf professor from the early 1970s through the early 1990s and a literary historian and critic who served as professor of English literature at Princeton University from 1956 to 1993, died on June 4, 2014, at University Medical Center of Princeton in New Jersey. 

Sandy LeGault Departs Bread Loaf

After 32 years of learning, living, and working at Bread Loaf, Director of Admissions Sandy LeGault MA ’87 has left Bread Loaf to accept a new position in the President’s office at Middlebury College, where she will work, in part, on the search for the 17th president of the college. 

Author Robert Sullivan to Teach Course on Creative Non-Fiction

Robert Sullivan, best-selling author of Rats, The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, The Thoreau You Don’t Know, and My American Revolution, will be teaching a course on creative non-fiction at the Bread Loaf/Vermont campus this summer. He is also a contributing editor to Vogue and regularly writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and others. Called an “urban Thoreau,” Sullivan is redefining rural and urban spaces by asking what and where nature is. 

Jamaica Kincaid to Give 2014 Elizabeth Drew Lecture

Author of Annie John, A Small Place, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, Talk Stories, Mr. Potter, and See Now Then; staff writer for The New Yorker for twenty years;  Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College; winner of the Guggenheim Award for Fiction – JAMAICA KINCAID – will be the 2014 Elizabeth Drew Lecturer at the Bread Loaf/Vermont campus.

Digital Literacy Workshops at US Campuses in 2013

As part of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation grant supporting Bread Loaf’s efforts to expand the work and reach of BLTN, leading experts on digital literacy will offer workshops at each of the U.S. campuses this summer. The initiative brings insight, guidance, and advice to teachers at a time of rapid change in approaches to the teaching of literacy and communication.

Bill McKibben to Speak at Vermont Campus 2013

Bill McKibben, environmental activist, author, founder of, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar in the Environmental Studies Department at Middlebury College, will speak at Bread Loaf's Vermont campus this summer.

Asheville Campus to Host Writer-in-Residence Rick Chess in 2013

This summer the Bread Loaf/Asheville campus will be home to writer-in-residence Rick Chess, author of three books of poetry and the Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences and Professor of Literature and Language at University of North Carolina at Asheville. 

Natasha Tretheway: 2013 Elizabeth Drew Lecturer

"I stand
on ground once hollowed by a web of caves; 
they must have seemed like catacombs,
in 1863, to the woman sitting in her parlor, 
candlelit, underground. I can see her
listening to shells explode, writing herself 
into history, asking what is to become
of all the living things in this place?" 
from "Pilgrimage" in Native Guard: Poems by Natasha Tretheway

Speakers Set for New Mexico 2013

Students looking to supplement their daily Bread Loaf nourishment at Santa Fe will be delighted to learn that poet Simon Ortiz, photographer Lee Marmon, and professor Michael Katz are scheduled to speak at the campus this summer.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Grant Supports Workshops

A grant supporting Bread Loaf's efforts to expand the work and reach of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network as it enhances the delivery of secondary school education includes funding for writing, literacy, and digital communications workshops for students and teachers.

Bread Loaf Gathering at NCTE Conference

A hearty group of Bread Loafers caught up with old friends at the NCTE convention in Las Vegas in November. Associate director Django Paris hosted the annual Bread Loaf gathering at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bread Loafers Get Together in Princeton

A small but spirited group of Bread Loaf students, alumni, and faculty got together at Bread Loaf director Emily Bartels's home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, October 13. A grand time was had by all. 

News Archives

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Bread Loaf School of English on Facebook

We now have an official Facebook page, to join several unofficial pages that Bread Loaf students at the four campuses have created over the past few years. Hope to see you there! 

Let Us Know Your News

If you have news for us—a change of address or job change, an item for inclusion in the "Class Notes" section of the Middlebury College magazine—let us know by e-mail (, telephone (802-443-5418), or mail your information to:

Bread Loaf School of English
Middlebury College
Middlebury VT 05753