People in the News



Lou Bernieri MA ’80 (at left), teacher at Phillips Academy Andover, executive director of Andover Bread Loaf, and a four-year volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, received that organization’s 2013 Jeannie Melucci Award. Bernieri also was named a co-chair of Lawrence, Massachusetts, mayor Daniel Rivera’s Youth Council and a member
of Rivera’s Education Transition Team.

Ruth Forman, poet and Bread Loaf faculty member, received a 2014 District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship.



Jack C. Hill MA ’13 published an article in the January 20 edition of the Baltimore Sun sharing his reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.

Lynda Healey MLitt ’07 published her first book, A Leap to Freedom: Boston Harbor 1989 (CreateSpace 2013), a fictionalized account of the life of Edziu Polonka, the son of a Polish Communist Party official, and his defection from a Polish fishing trawler in Boston Harbor.

Christopher Gilbert MA ’10 wrote a piece for the Washington Post in which he critiqued the privatization of public education in North Carolina, where he teaches English.


Kurt Heinzelman MA ’72, a professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, published his fourth book of poetry, Intimacies & Other Devices (Pinyon Publishing 2013). Heinzelman is also editor of Texas Studies in Literature and Language.

Den Latham MA ’89 published Painting the Landscape with Fire (University of South Carolina Press 2013), which explores the role of controlled burns in protecting longleaf pine forests.


Knute Skinner MA ’54 published his 15th book of poetry, Concerned Attentions (Salmon Poetry 2013). He is also author of the memoir, Help Me to a Getaway (Salmon Poetry 2010).

Field Notes, a poetry collection by Charles Butterfield MA ’75, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Butterfield also published the biography of a disgraced Revolutionary War officer from Westmoreland, New Hampshire, titled In the Shadow of Cedars (Historical Society of Cheshire County, NH).

Herbert Woodward Martin MLitt ’72, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Dayton, opened Detroit’s centennial celebration of poets Dudley Randall and Robert Hayden with a reading of their work. In November, he narrated Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Martin also published his ninth volume of poetry titled On The Flyleaf (Bottom Dog Press 2013).

“Dangerous Archaeology: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother (and Others) – a memoir in fragments,” written by Martha Andrews Donovan MA ’89 in collaboration with photographer Autumn E. Monsees, was named in the “Notable Essay” section of The Best American Essays 2013. The mixed-genre/hybrid essay was published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue 50 (Spring/Summer 2012).

Jesse Alemán’s article, “Days of the (Un)Dead: Vampires, Zombies, and Other Forms of Chicano/a Horror in Film,” appeared in the book collection Latinos and Narrative Media (Palgrave-Macmillan 2013). Alemán, a professor of English at the University of New Mexico, reports that the idea for the article emerged from teaching a horror sequence in his Bread Loaf course Southwestern Literature and Film.

shakes_contempsLars Engle, James G. Watson Professor of English at the University of Tulsa, published Studying Shakespeare’s Contemporaries, with Eric Rasmussen (Wiley Blackwell 2014). The guide, organized by theme, features playwrights such as Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, and Middleton.

Christine Gerrard, a fellow and tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall and a lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, edited The Complete Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, Vol. 1 (Cambridge University Press 2013), which contains the writer’s correspondence with Aaron Hill, the poet, dramatist, and entrepreneur.

Michele Stepto, author and lecturer at Yale University, published a short story, “Basin,” in the University of Texas’s online journal, The Appendix.

A play Mary Spence MA ’12 began writing in Dare Clubb’s playwriting class at Bread Loaf, titled A Prayer for Romania, was workshopped at the Young Vic in London in February with a cast of three directed by David Weinberg.

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