Director's Corner



As I look across at all that we do as a Bread Loaf community, what stands out is how deeply the imagination runs through our collective work and thinking. The fictional and nonfictional stories that we read, write, write about, perform, and teach allow us to step outside our worlds and look again at what we think we know—to create new forms of outreach and engagement, to make connections across institutions, populations, and cultures, and, in Shakespeare’s words, to ‘see’—and I think be—‘better.’ In both writing and teaching, Michael Armstrong, whom we lost this year, celebrated the creative work of children with the same seriousness and play that he extended to the study of storytelling and storytellers such as Tolstoy and Calvino. His imaginative vision has enriched, and will continue to enrich, our curriculum and community.  We see and are better because of him. 

Emily C. Bartels
Director, BLSE

Our next newsletter will feature a celebration
of Michael Armstrong's life and work. 

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Meet the new faculty members joining all three campuses as they answer some insightful questions about themselves.

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People in the News

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


What’s Happening

Upcoming events and announcements from the Bread Loaf community, including an interview with Alison Bechdel, this summer's Elizabeth Drew lecturer at Bread Loaf/Vermont.

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Did You Know?

1922 Visiting Lecturer Willa Cather left a lasting impression on the Vermont campus.