People in the News


Rebecca Slagle MA ’05 and Martha Brennan MA ’09 have been named winners of the 2012 NCTE/SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award, given in recognition of those who show courage in advancing the cause of intellectual freedom or fighting censorship.


The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women named Jineyda Tapia (current) as an “unsung heroine of 2012.” According to Senator Barry Finegold (pictured at left with Jineyda), Jineyda was recognized for her outstanding achievements as an educator and community leader. She was honored on May 16 at the State House in Boston. 

The Washington Post honored Sarah Kiyak (current) with the 2012 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for the city of Alexandria, Va. The award highlights excellence in teaching and encourages creative instruction. Sarah teaches English at T. C. Williams High School and is also the faculty sponsor of the Model UN Club.        


Tom McKenna MA ’96 (director of communications for BLTN and moderator of the BLTN advisory board), a teacher at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, was honored as one of four 2012 BP Teachers of Excellence from southeast Alaska. Tom, pictured at right, is in the process of creating a new e-journal for BLTN.

Paul Barnwell (current), a teacher at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, Ky., was awarded $22,500 by the CE&S Foundation to support his work on “Unleashing Digital Literacy.” Paul was also invited to join the Kentucky Center for Teacher Quality/Teacher Leadership. His recent publications include “The Common Core’s Digital Literacy Gap,” Education Week Teacher, August 22, 2012; and “The Digital Age, Memory, and Learning,” PBS MediashiftOnline, July 11, 2012.


Elizabeth Neely Clauser MA ’04, at left,received a Fulbright grant to sponsor the last chapter of her dissertation research in Brazil for her PhD in literature at the University of North Texas on “Elizabeth Bishop in Brasil: An Ongoing Acculturation.”

The Young Ancestors, coproduced by Laura Jagles MA ’04, was a 2012 selection for the White Sands International Film Festival. The film follows a group of Native American teens who, under the guidance of a mentor, are learning their language.

Cathy Eaton MA ’78 was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize for her story, “Raggedy Slipper.”



Eileen Rosenbaum Landay MA ’85, adjunct senior lecturer, cofounder and faculty director of the ArtsLiteracy Project, and retired clinical professor of English education at Brown University, published Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts (Harvard Education Press, 2012) with Kurt Wootton. In it, Eileen acknowledges Bread Loaf’s role in the Brown ArtsLiteracy program: “The Bread Loaf School of English has always been a magical place … bringing together thinkers, writers, and teachers to provide a foundation for linking literacy and the arts.”


Dean Woodring Blase MA ’01, an inaugural member of the Doctor of Education Leadership program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, coedited (with Sally Lamping) Trust Me, I Can Read (Teachers College Press, 2012). The book argues for a curricular approach that trusts in a student’s choice and a teacher’s expertise.

Sørina Kulberg Higgins MA ’07, adjunct professor of English at Lehigh Carbon Community College, published her first full-length book of poetry in February, titled Caduceus (David Robert Books, 2012)


Cynthia Huntington MA ’83, professor of English at Dartmouth College and former New Hampshire poet laureate, has published her fourth book of poems, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012). The book, which focuses on the drama of the 1960s, was included as an “Editor’s Selection” in the press’s Crab Orchard Poetry Series.

Katherine Towler MA ’84 and Ilya Kaminsky coedited A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith (Tupelo Press, 2012). The book, featured in Poetry magazine, explores the experiences of 19 American poets with spirituality and sources of art. Katherine chaired a panel on the book at the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Chicago.


Sara Blair, professor of English at the University of Michigan and longtime faculty member at Bread Loaf/Vermont, coauthored, with Eric Rosenberg, Trauma and Documentary Photography of the FSA (University of California Press, 2012).

Michael Wood, the Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English at Princeton University and a regular member of the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty, has published A Very Short Introduction to Film (Oxford University Press, 2012).


Mike Sunderland (current) and his students at Red Cloud High School were featured in the August 2012 National Geographic cover story about the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The storytelling collaboration between Mike’s students and National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey can be viewed here.  


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