People in the News


Heather Adams MA ’08 was awarded the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication Dissertation Award for “Secrets and Silences: Rhetorics of Unwed Pregnancy Since 1960.” Heather is a 2012 doctoral graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where Bread Loaf professor Cheryl Glenn was her dissertation adviser.

Janet Atkins MA ’97 MLitt ’08 was named a finalist in the 2013 Sidney Lanier Award Poetry Competition for her poem “Retrospective on an Empty Nest.”

JoBeth Allen, professor of language and literacy within the College of Education at the University of Georgia and Bread Loaf faculty member in 1997 and 2001, received the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award, which recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.blacksnake

David Huddle, professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and longtime member of the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty, received the PEN New England Award for Poetry for his new collection Blacksnake at the Family Reunion (LSU Press, 2012).pencil

Sam Swope, 1976 graduate of Middlebury College and Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member, was a featured speaker at the Ninth China Children’s Reading Forum in Nanjing in April 2013. His book, I Am a Pencil (Simplified Chinese Edition), was chosen as one of the recommended books by the organizing committee.

Publications and Achievements


Novelist and Middlebury College writer in residence Julia Alvarez (attended Bread Loaf in ’79 and ’80) published “Stories to Steer By” in the December 2012/January 2013 edition of the Progressive. In it, Alvarez describes the power of stories to kindle the imagination and spirit into action.

Bread Loaf director Emily Bartels and Bread Loaf/Oxford faculty member and on-site director Emma Smith have coedited a new collection, Marlowe in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which includes essays by Bread Loaf faculty members Lars Engle, Jacques Lezra, Elizabeth Spiller, and Thomas Cartelli.

Mohsin Tejani MA ’01, in collaboration with Andover Bread Loaf, established the Karachi School of Writing in Pakistan, which functions as a comprehensive community writing center and addresses the literacy needs of students, professionals, and organizations, using the arts, technology, and other resources.

A recent piece by Christopher Gilbert MA ’10 in the Washington Post explores the role of poverty in education, using a class-room discussion of George Orwell as its starting point. Gilbert also published two articles in the NCTE’s English Journal—“The Quest of Father and Son: Illuminating Character Identity, Motivation, and Conflict in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road” (September 2012) and “Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom” (March 2013), which he wrote in Beverly Moss’s Bread Loaf course “Literacy, Race, and Class.”makkai-author-photo-4
Novelist Rebecca Makkai MA ’04 published an article, “Mapping a Novel,” in the November 30 edition of the Wall Street Journal, about her experience blueprinting the haunted house featured in her upcoming novel.steep-stony-road


Daniel Picker MA ’92 published his first book of poetry, Steep Stony Road (Viral Cat Press, July 2012). The book includes the poem “River Goddess,” winner of Harvard University’s Dudley Review poetry prize.12_floors

Myra Shapiro MA ’73 published a book of poems titled 12 Floors Above Earth (Antrim House, 2012), which draws upon her Jewish background, love of family, and rejection of convention.

Bread Loaf senior Holly Spinelli published an article in the Huffington Post about her experience as a fellow in the Academy for Teachers, where she took a master class with Gloria Steinem. Founded by Bread Loaf faculty member Sam Swope, the academy inspires and supports teachers by bringing them together with scholars to exchange ideas.

Alexander Huang, Bread Loaf faculty member and associate professor of English, theater, and international affairs at George Washington University, published Weltliterature und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung [World Literature and World Theater: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization] (Transcript Verlag, July 2012), thanks in part to a Stiftung Mercator grant. 

Bread Loaf faculty members Andrea Lunsford, professor of English and rhetoric at Stanford University, and Beverly Moss, associate professor of English at Ohio State University, along with Lisa Ede, Carol Clark Papper, and Keith Walters, published Everyone’s an Author (W.W. Norton & Company, October 2012). The text “bridges the gap between Facebook and academic writing,” demonstrating how everyday writing can translate to academic genres.humanizing_research
Django Paris, associate director of Bread Loaf and professor of language and literacy at Michigan State University, and Maisha T. Winn, Bread Loaf faculty member and Susan J. Cellmer Chair of English Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, published Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities(SAGE, 2013), which includes chapters from scholar-activists doing research within and across communities. Paris has also been appointed to serve as chair of the Standing Committee on Research for the National Council of Teachers of English and his three-year term will begin after the 2013 conference in Boston.fictions_of_conversion

Jeffrey Shoulson, Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member and Doris and Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies and director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, published Fictions of Conversion: Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).