News of Bread Loafers from Around the World


Robert Baroz, MA ’95 and MLitt ’04, was one of 16 teachers chosen as a teacher ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education and charged with helping to shape national educational debate and policy. At a press conference last fall, President Obama praised Robert’s “outstanding track record of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing.”


Faculty member Tracy K. Smith was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry         
for her new book, Life on Mars (Greywolf 2011); see the review in the New Yorker (August 8, 2011).


MaryBeth Britton, MA ’03, a language arts teacher from Pecos High School, has been named
New Mexico Teacher of the Year for 2012 after helping raise her school’s reading scores by 13 percent.

Terri Vest, MA ’84 and MLitt ’95, a teacher at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield, Vermont, was one of four recipients nationwide to win a 2011 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by the National Education Association and the Pearson Foundation.


BLSE Associate Director Django Paris has been awarded the Early Career Achievement Award from the National Conference for Research on Language and Literacy, in recognition of his outstanding record of publications, commitment to innovation in theory and practice, and understanding of the complexity of teaching and learning literacy across educational settings. He has recently published Language across Difference: Ethnicity, Communication, and Youth Identities in Changing Urban Schools (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Maria Fahey, an MLitt student from 1999–2002, has published her first book, Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Fahey earned her PhD at CUNY Graduate Center
and is now chair of English at Friends Seminary in New York City.


Faculty member David Huddle has published his 10th novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This (Tupelo Press, 2011). Bread Loaf alumna Julia Alvarez praised the novel, saying that Huddle “gives us not just a glimpse [of others], but that rare revelatory and redeeming experience of seeing and becoming those others, which is why we read
and need his novels.”

Faculty publications of note also are Michael Armstrong, What Children Know: Essays on Children’s Literary and Visual Art (, 2011); and Nicholas Perkins and Alison Wiggins, The Romance of the Middle Ages, prepared for the Bodleian Library exhibition (January 28–May 13, 2012).


Faculty member Jonathan Strong has been profiled in “Happiness in a Corner: On Jonathan Strong,” by James Morrison in the Michigan Quarterly Review (Vol L. No. 4, Fall 2011). Strong’s most recent publications include More Light and Drawn from Life, published by Quale Press, and Consolation, published
by Pressed Wafer.

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