Ruth Forman, writer, poet, and former teacher in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley, is teaching the Poetry Workshop at Bread Loaf/Vermont. Forman is the author of three award-winning books—two poetry collections (We Are the Young Magicians, 1993; Renaissance, 1997) and one children’s book (Young Cornrows Callin’ Out the Moon, 2007). Her latest collection is Prayers Like Shoes (2009). She has presented in forums such as the United Nations, the National Black Arts Festival, National Public Radio, and the PBS series The United States of Poetry.
Douglas A. Jones Jr., a specialist in early American and antebellum literature and culture, African American literature, and the cultural history of slavery, brings his expertise to Bread Loaf/Asheville. A Cotsen Fellow in Princeton University’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Jones received the Wendell Cole Memorial Award for Distinguished Dissertation at Stanford University. His book, The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press.
Simon Ortiz, writer and Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, will teach the Poetry Workshop and a course on Native American literature at Bread Loaf/Santa Fe. He will also give a reading from his work. Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo Indian, received the National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Award, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has published poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Of the coming summer, he writes: “Bread Loaf is a dynamic, creative, scholarly summer community that’s more than ‘education’ in the strict and rigid sense. The impression I have of Bread Loaf is it is knowledge acquisition that’s lively, interesting, and challenging in an intriguing way.”
Rae Paris, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Michigan State University, joins the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty to teach a course on fiction writing that will consider how racial, sexual, ethnic, class, religious, gender, and linguistic identities are entangled with craft. A recipient of a 2010 NEA Literature Fellowship, Paris’s short story“The Girl Who Ate Her Own Skin” was a recommended story in the 2009 O. Henry Prize Stories, and her collection of the same name was a finalist for the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction.
photo of Simon Ortiz by David Burckhalter