People in the News


Author and former Welsh Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Wales Best Drama Award for her first television screenplay, Y Streic a Fi (The Strike and Me), which was also nominated for Best Drama at the Celtic Film Festival.

exquisitecorpse.jpgRachel Lee, professor of English and gender studies at UCLA and Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member, was named director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, where she is coprincipal investigator on a project studying Gender and Everyday Water Use. Her book, The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America (NYU Press, 2014) won the 2016 Asian American Studies Association Award for Best Book in Cultural Studies.

jamesmerrill.jpgJames Merrill: Life and Art (Knopf, 2015), a biography by Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member and Professor of English and American studies at Yale University Langdon Hammer, was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/Biography and for the 2015 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism by the Poetry Foundation. The Times Literary Supplement nominated the biography for 2015 Book of the Year and the New York Times named it one of the Top Books of 2015.

Lou Bernieri MA ’80 earned Phillips Academy’s Frederick W. Beineicke Teaching Award for senior members of the faculty in recognition of his contributions in the classroom and many other areas of school life. Lou will be receiving an honorary degree from Middlebury at the Bread Loaf graduation in Vermont this summer.

giveittome.jpgWriter and Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member Ana Castillo won the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for best bisexual fiction for her novel Give It to Me (CUNY Feminist Press, 2014). She published Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me (CUNY Feminist Press, May 2016).

Michael Katz, C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College, received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.


mutualincomprehension.pngRyan Tahmaseb MA ’15 published a chapbook of poetry, Mutual Incomprehension (Anchor & Plume Press, January 2016), and a number of fiction pieces: A Practiced Resurrection (Kindred magazine), A Plowman’s Confession (Spartan Literary Magazine), A Communion (Spry Literary Magazine), and The Comforter: The Holy Ghost (Gravel Magazine, April 2016). His essay “Teaching Junot Diaz in Middle School” was published in Education Week (June 8, 2015).

Jeffrey Price MA 14 published an interview with fellow Bread Loaf graduate and author Rebecca Makkai in BOMB magazine (October 23, 2015).

seekingparmenter.jpgCharles Butterfield MA ’75 published Seeking Parmenter: A Memoir of Place (Hobblebush Books, 2015), a literary and scientific exploration of the family farm of his childhood.

Mohsin Tejani MA ’01 established the Ruqaiya Hasan Writing Center at his School of Writing in November 2015. The first of its kind in Karachi, the center allows youth writing leaders to mentor peers and initiate community projects on health, food literacy, diversity, and peace.

Daniel Picker MA ’92 published a travel article on New Jersey’s Absecon lighthouse  in The Philadelphia Inquirer (November 23, 2015), and a short story (begun at Bread Loaf in 1992) in the Abington Review (Spring 2015).

lostchild.jpgWesley McNair MA ’68, MLitt ’75 received the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry for his collection The Lost Child (David R. Godine, 2014). 

changinghands.jpgPeter Capuano (attended 1999 and 2000), assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, published Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body (University of Michigan Press, June 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2015 British Society for Literature and Science Book Award (see the BSLS review).

Former Bread Loaf/Oxford onsite director and fellow and tutor in English at Hertford College FirstFolio.jpgEmma Smith published Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book (Oxford University Press, 2016), a biography of the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. In April, Smith authenticated a copy of the First Folio that was unearthed at the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.

New Bread Loaf faculty member Brenda Brueggemann, Aetna Endowed Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut, published “Disability: Representation, Disclosure, Access, and Interdependence” with Stephanie Kerschbaum in How to Build a Life in the Humanities: Meditations on the Academic Work-Life Balance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Carol MacVey, Bread Loaf faculty member and lecturer in acting at the University of Iowa, is the director, executive producer, and screenwriter for an independent film of Chekhov’s The Seagull, which was completed in September and is currently in postproduction. MacVey credits her 1976 Bread Loaf directing class with igniting her passion for the play and her Bread Loaf students with making the film possible through their generous donations.