Director's Corner


"Who do we want to be?” That was the question our Poetry Free for All posed this summer amid the greater Middlebury community. There is no time like the present for thinking creatively about what defines—and what divides—us. Democracy week, “Music Mondays,” the reanimation of the Bread Loaf letterpresses, the inauguration of a youth leadership network, student-generated discussions on the languages of race and racism, and the Poetry Free for All itself—these initiatives and others happened because folks who were with us this summer took the lead, drawing on their distinctive interests, talents, and experiences to make conversations, events, connections, ideas, and transformations happen for us all. We are a community that thrives on what we can do together, collaborating across difference not only to imagine but also to act.

Emily C. Bartels
Director, BLSE

Start the Presses

Bread Loaf reawakens the long-dormant Printer's Cabin presses

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The Next Generation

A Ford grant makes a youth network greater than the sum of its parts

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Campus Vignettes

Students distill memorable summer moments in Vermont, New Mexico, and Oxford

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What's Happening

Theater Arts in New Mexico and Bread Loafers at NCTE

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People in the News

Bread Loafer achievements from around the globe

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