People in the News



Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member Isobel Armstrong, emeritus professor of English, Geoffrey Tillotson Chair, and fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, and senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies of the University of London, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as Foreign Honorary member.

Griffen Stabler (current student) received the 2013-14 Goldenheim Award for Excellence in Teaching at Green Farms Academy, where he serves as eighth-grade dean and English teacher.

Matthew Roach (current student) earned the Dr. Wilbour Eddy Saunders Society Award for excellence in classroom teaching during the Peddie School’s 2014 commencement ceremony.

Bread Loaf/Oxford faculty member Christine Gerrard was appointed professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford English faculty during the July 31 Recognition of distinction ceremony.

Adam Banks, Bread Loaf faculty member and professor of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies at the University of Kentucky, was named 2014 Rhetorician of the Year by the Young Rhetoricians’ Conference.


Lincoln Adjacent, a play written by Roger Mason MA ’14 and Stephen Blackburn, won an Encore! Producers’ Award at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Lorena German MA ’14 was selected as one of six national recipients of the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award. She will attend the 2014 NCTE conference and present a session during the 2015 convention.

Bread Loaf/Oxford faculty member Alexa Huang, professor of English at George Washington University, was named the 2014-15 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick and received the 2015-2016 American Council of Learned Society’s Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship.

Christopher McCurry (current student) was selected to join the Innovative Teacher Leader cohort by the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky in recognition of his work in fostering a collaborative culture, promoting professional learning, and publicizing teaching and learning.

Publications & Presentations


Jennifer Brewer MA ’14 released her first young-adult science fiction book, Vagabond, under the pen name J.D. Brewer (CreateSpace, 2014).

Kevin Brown (current student) published the poem “No Grandfather’s Hands” in the Franklin and Marshall Alumni Arts Review (May 2014).


Rebecca Makkai MA ’04 published The Hundred-Year House (Viking, 2014), a novel spanning a century and connected by an artists’ colony in Illinois.

Ceci Lewis MA ’99, doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, received that institution’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry fellowship to support her presentation of a traveling museum exhibit that centers on women of Mexican descent in Arizona from 1920–1940.

Jason Tandon MA ’01 published his third collection of poetry, Quality of Life, in September (Black Lawrence Press, 2013).


Benjamin Landry MA ’06, Meijer Post-MFA Fellow at the University of Michigan, published his book of poetry Particle and Wave (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Dan Toomey MA ’89 published “Believing It In: Robert Frost, Walter Hendricks, and the Creation of Marlboro College”, in The Robert Frost Review (No. 22, Fall 2013), in which he mentions the history of Bread Loaf (both the school and the Writers’ Conference).

Cheryl Glenn, Bread Loaf/Santa Fe on-site director, professor of English and director of the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Pennsylvania State University, gave the keynote lecture at the Swedish Association for American Studies at Örebro, Sweden, in September.


Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and Feminism, 1973-2000 (Routledge), co-edited by Cheryl Glenn and Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English Emerita at Stanford University, was published in September.

Bread Loaf/Oxford professor Jeri Johnson, sub-rector and Peter Thompson Fellow in English at Exeter College and lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, gave the keynote address at the International James Joyce Symposium at Utrecht in June.


Douglas Jones, Bread Loaf faculty member and assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, published The Captive Stage: Performance and Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (University of Michigan Press, July 2014).

Bread Loaf professor Michael Katz, C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College, translated and edited The Kreutzer Sonata Variations: Lev Tolstoy’s Novella and Counterstories by Sofiya Tolstaya and Lev Lvovich Tolstoy (Yale University Press, August 2014).

Bread Loaf’s Associate Director Django Paris and H. Samy Alim published “What Are We Seeking to Sustain Through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy?” in Harvard Educational Review (Spring 2014).


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