People in the News


Lou Bernieri MA ’80 and Richard Gorham MA ’01 were honored this June with the 2015 Eartha Dengler History Award for their work with teachers and youth in the Lawrence, Massachusetts community and worldwide through their work with the Andover Bread Loaf writing program. 

Mary Guerrero MA ’04 was awarded a Creative Economy Initiative Fund grant by the University of Massachusetts President’s Office to support the Lawrence History Center Summer Student Writers Program, which Guerrero cofounded.

Christopher Gilbert MA ’10 won the Paul and Kate Farmer Writing Award for his November 2014 English Journal piece, “A Call for Subterfuge: Shielding the ELA Classroom from the Restrictive Sway of the Common Core.”

Lujan_Anniversary.jpgNew Mexico Director’s Assistant Alfredo Lujan MA ’87 was selected for a Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency through the Noëpe Center for Literary Arts. Lujan was also elected to serve as middle level representative-at-large on the executive committee of the National Council of Teachers of English.


best american poetry 2015.jpgMeredith Hasemann’s (MLitt ’12) poem “Thumbs” from her collection When I Was a Country has been chosen to appear in the Best American Poetry 2015 (Scribner, 2015) anthology edited by Sherman Alexie. The poem, which Hasemann worked on with Bread Loaf faculty member Tracy K. Smith during her MLitt degree, first appeared in the summer 2014 issue of Southampton Review.

“Leopold Bloom’s Curriculum Vitae,” a project Patrick Hastings MA ’12 began in Jeri Johnson’s James Joyce course at Bread Loaf/Oxford, has been published in the most recent issue of the James Joyce Quarterly (Vol. 50, No. 3).

The three-part series “Discovering Astronomy: An Exploratory Series from the Adirondack Public Observatory” by Lee Gaillard MA ’70 ran in the March, June, and September 2015 issues of Reflector, the publication of the Astronomical League.

Peggy Callison MA ’86 published the novel The Sock Monkey Doll (, April 2015), which is based on the true story of an Appalachian woman. Callison credits Bread Loaf faculty member Ken Macrorie for encouraging her to publish her work.

Paul Barnwell MA ’13 published “The Ongoing Struggle of Teacher Retention” in The Atlantic (May 27, 2015), arguing that more than increased pay is necessary to attract experienced educators to teach at low-performing schools.

Going Through the Change.jpgSamantha (Dunaway) Bryant MA ’01 published her debut novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel (Curiosity Quills, April 2015).

Christopher Ross MA ’04 produced and narrated the audiobook for his Revolutionary War epic, Resucitó.

Roger Mason’s (MA ’14) award-winning play Booth was featured in the Solo Creation Festival at Son of Semele Theatre (July 2015). He also produced the Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s LA FEST “A Celebration of Diversity in LA Playwriting” this summer, at which two of his plays were featured: Softer and The Duat.

Lou McCall (attended 2000–01) published the ebook Meditation for Everyone: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How (PixelCircus, 2014).

Rethinking.jpgTrysh Travis MA ’93, associate professor and associate director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, coedited Rethinking Therapeutic Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

The Academy for Teachers, brainchild of Sam Swope, celebrated Crumb editor, well-known children’s author, dean of the Cullman Center Institute for Teachers at The New York Public Library, and faculty member at Bread Loaf/Vermont, gave a workshop for New York City Latin teachers that was the “Talk of the Town” in the August 3, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.

Novel excerpts by Jeffrey Price MA ’14 appeared in both the New England Review (Vol. 35, No. 1) and the Brooklyn Rail (July/August 2015).

Getting to Grey Owl.jpgKurt Caswell MA ’98, associate professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, published his third book of nonfiction, Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents (Trinity University Press, 2015).

Strangers Book.jpgOxford faculty member Lloyd Pratt, associate professor of English and university lecturer in American literature at the University of Oxford, was named the 2015–2016 Pierce Visiting Scholar at Emory University. Pratt’s newest title, The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press), will be published in November 2015.

Tufts University Professor of English and Bread Loaf faculty member John Fyler published the essay “Language Barriers” in Studies in Philology (Volume 112, No. 3, Summer 2015) and a review of William Caxton: The Booke of Ovyde Named Metamorphose (Richard J. Moll, ed.) in Translation and Literature (Vol. 24, Issue 2, July 2015).

Dream Sender.jpgBread Loaf/Vermont faculty member David Huddle, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, published the collection of poetry Dream Sender (LSU Press, September 2015), as well as the poem “Between Mrs. Hicks & Her Body” in the Los Angeles Review of Books (March 9, 2015), the essay “The Singular Voice of Flannery O’Connor” in the Flannery O’Connor Review (Vol. 13, 2015), and the story “Golden Gloves” in the Georgia Review (Vol. LXIX, No. 2, Summer 2015).