Director's Corner

In the final week of the summer session in Vermont, some 80 seniors, Bread Loaf faculty, and friends joined me and associate director Django Paris for a one-and-a-half-hour cruise around Lake Champlain. 

Starting in 2011, this has become Bread Loaf’s gift to the students who have worked for four to five years to earn their master’s degrees—a way of celebrating their accomplishments while also enjoying the natural beauties of Vermont. We leave from the Burlington waterfront, with stunning views of the mountains, cityscape, and centuries-old geological formations—as well, sometimes, as daring bathers jumping from a lakefront cliff. In a program connected to place, this seems a fitting way to bring the senior class together. And so far every summer, the sun has come out and the afternoon rains have held off, as if the force is with Bread Loaf. Congratulations, seniors!

Emily C. Bartels
Director, BLSE



Bread Loaf Traditions

We asked Bread Loafers to describe some meaningful events that have become traditions at Bread Loaf—some as old as the program itself, some more recent, but all examples of how we connect through our love of literature and language.



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People in the News

Awards, publications, and achievements from Bread Loafers around the globe.


What’s Happening

News and announcements from the Bread Loaf community

  • Vermont BLTN Established
  • New Bread Loaf Staff
  • Updated Online Alumni Community

Did You Know?

The Westport chair, that quintessential Bread Loaf icon, was originally designed in 1903 in the eponymous New York town located across from Middlebury on Lake Champlain.