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Atwell Global Teacher Prize

Bread Loaf congratulates teacher Nancie Atwell, who attended from 1979-82, on winning the prestigious Global Teacher Prize, and for the lifetime of achievements that earned her the award out of 5,000 worldwide nominees. In 1990, Atwell founded the Center for Teaching and Learning, to which she intends to donate the $1 million prize.

Christopher McCurry (current) was selected by the Fund Kentucky Organization as a 2014 Innovative Teacher Leader for his leadership in fostering a collaborative culture, promoting professional learning, and publicizing teaching and learning.

Alfredo Lujan MA ’87, New Mexico director’s assistant, was one of only seven teachers this year to win that state's Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

Heather Ott MA ’95 was one of four teachers selected by the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools to receive the Hubert Smothers Award for commitment to and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Jessica (Rozear) Ludders MA ’02 was named North Carolina Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year. NCVPS is the second-largest state-run online high school in the country.

Humanizing Research, a book written by Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member Django Paris with Maisha Winn, won the 2015 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group.

Aleman.jpgUniversity of New Mexico American Literary Studies Professor and longtime Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member Jesse Alemán was named the 2015 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar in Literature at Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, New Mexico.

Glenn Orebro.jpgNew Mexico on-site director Cheryl Glenn, liberal arts research professor of English and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University, received an honorary doctorate from Örebro University in Sweden in February 2015.

Bread Loaf/Oxford on-site director and fellow and tutor in English at Hertford College Emma Smith received a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship from the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities to partner with the Royal Shakespeare Company on the project “The Folio of the Future.”

Stefano Evangelista, fellow and tutor in English at Trinity College and frequent faculty member at Bread Loaf/Oxford, was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship for his project “The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin-de-Siecle.”

Publications and Presentations

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Christopher Ross MA ’04 published a new book Spread Thy Love (CreateSpace, 2014). The novel focuses on homeless teenagers riding the rails and searching for sanctuary during the Depression.

Ryan Tahmaseb (current) published “Underneath the Costume” in issue 2.4 of *82 Review. Tahmaseb originally wrote the story for the Bread Loaf course “Writing for Children.

Marshall Highet MA ’07 published the science fiction book Spare Parts (Archway Publishing, October 2014). 

An essay by Lee Gaillard MA ’70 on the role of luck in the Battle of the Midway was selected for inclusion in The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s Greatest Victory (Naval Institute Press, 2013).

Robbie Harold MA ’01 published her second Dade Wyatt historical mystery, Murdered Sleep (Station Road Press, April 2014), set in early 20th-century Washington, D.C.

moss_cover_lg.jpgSusan T. Moss MA ’76 published her second chapbook, In from the Dark (Antrim House, September 2014), with poems exploring loss and solace.

Liam Day MA ’04 published his first collection of poetry, Afforded Permanence (Aforementioned Productions, December 2014).

Christopher Gilbert MA ’10 published three pieces: “A First Year and Common Reading Resource Guide to Edward Humes’ Garbology” and the “Penguin Teacher’s Guide to Cyrano de Bergerac,” both at, and “A Call for Subterfuge: Shielding the ELA Classroom from the Restrictive Sway of the Common Core” (English Journal, Vol. 104, No. 2, November 2014).


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).