Sam Swope's Academy for Teachers Featured in the New Yorker

The Academy for Teachers, brainchild of Sam Swope, celebrated Crumb editor, well-known children’s author, dean of the Cullman Center Institute for Teachers at The New York Public Library, and faculty member at Bread Loaf/Vermont, gave a workshop for New York City Latin teachers that was the "talk of the town" in the August 3, 2015 issue of the New Yorker.

Roger Mason's Plays Featured at Two Festivals

Roger Mason's (MA '14) award-winning play Booth was featured in the Solo Creation Festival at Son of Semele Theatre (July 2015). He also produced the Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s LA FEST, A Celebration of Diversity in LA Playwriting this summer, at which two of his plays were featured: Softer and The Duat.

Mary Guerrero Awarded Grant

Mary Guerrero MA '04 was awarded a Creative Economy Initiative Fund grant by the University of Massachusetts President's Office to support the Lawrence History Center Summer Student Writers Program, which Guerrero co-founded.

Peggy Callison Publishes Novel

Peggy Callison MA '86 published the novel The Sock Monkey Doll (, April 2015), based on the true story of an Appalachian woman. Callison credits Bread Loaf faculty member Ken Macrorie for encouraging her to publish her work.

Patrick Hastings Publishes Piece in James Joyce Quarterly

"Leopold Bloom's Curriculum Vitae," a project Patrick Hastings MA '12 began in Jeri Johnson's James Joyce course at Bread Loaf/Oxford, has been published in the most recent issue of the James Joyce Quarterly (Vol. 50, No. 3). 

Nancie Atwell Wins Global Teacher Prize

Bread Loaf congratulates teacher Nancie Atwell, who attended Bread Loaf from 1979-82, on winning the prestigious Global Teacher Prize, and for the lifetime of achievements that earned her the award out of 5,000 world-wide nominees. In 1990, Atwell founded the Center for Teaching and Learning, to which she intends to donate the $1 million prize.

Nancie Atwell Named Finalist for International Teaching Prize

Nancie Atwell (attended) was named one of only ten international finalists for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize. Of 5,000 nominees, Atwell and other finalists were selected for opening their pupils’ minds, contributing to the community, and encouraging others to become teachers. Atwell wrote the teaching manual In the Middle and founded the Center for Teaching and Learning, a non-profit demonstration school created to develop and demonstrate effective classroom practices. Read more here.

Christopher McCurry Named Kentucky Innovative Teacher Leader

Christopher McCurry (current student) was selected by the Fund Kentucky Organization as a 2014 Innovative Teacher Leader for his teacher leadership in fostering a collaborative culture, promoting professional learning, and publicizinig teaching and learning.

Emily Johns Presents at Conferences

Emily Johns (current) presented "Linking Lives: Confidence, Competence, Courage and Community in Integrative Education for Girls" with her colleague Ned Edwards at both the National Conference on Girls Education and the National Association of Episcopal Schools biennial conference.

Scot Slaby's Chapbook Published

Scot Slaby’s (attended ’01) chapbook of poetry entitled The Cards We’ve Drawn, was a co-winner of the 2013 Bright Hill Press At Hand Chapbook Competition and was published in July 2014 (Bright Hill Press).

Jeffrey Price Publishes Articles in Seven Days, Electric Lit, and The Daily Beast

Jeffrey Price MA ’14 published a review of The Hundred-Year House for the July 23, 2014 edition of Seven Days, a Vermont weekly newspaper. Price also recently published pieces for Electric Lit  (“An Interview with Scott Cheshire,” July 6, 2014) and The Daily Beast (“Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ and Who are We to Argue?,” May 12, 2014).

Kevin Brown's Poem Published

Kevin Brown’s (current student) poem “No Grandfather’s Hands” was published in the Franklin and Marshall Alumni Arts Review (May 2014).

Lorena German Awarded NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

Lorena German (MA '14) has been selected as one of only six national recipients of the 2014 NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award. As a recipient, German will attend the 2014 NCTE annual conference and present in a session during the 2015 convention. German acknowledges the support of BLTN in her growth as a teacher and her motivation to apply for the award.

Ceci Lewis Awarded University of Arizona Fellowship for Traveling Exhibit

Ceci Lewis (MA '99), doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, has received the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Fellowship from that institution to support Lewis' presentation of a traveling museum exhibit that centers on women of Mexican descent who lived, worked, and raised their families in Douglas, Arizona from 1920 through the 1940s.

Brandon Abdon Named Director of AP English Curriculum at College Board

Brandon Abdon (MA '12) has accepted a position as Director of Advanced Placement (AP) English Curriculum and Content Development for the College Board. As Director, Abdon will help design and manage the AP English Language and AP Literature exams taken by over one million students in more than 10,000 high schools around the world each year. Read more in a feature by the University of Kentucky.

Betsy Sullivan Presents Paper at UC Irvine Conference

Betsy Sullivan (attended '13) presented a paper on Hamlet at the "Worlds Elsewhere: Globalization and Early Cultures" conference at UC Irvine, April 18-19, 2014, where Bread Loaf/Oxford '13 faculty member Alexa Huang gave a keynote on "Global Shakespeares as Methodology."

Dan Toomey Publishes Article in Robert Frost Review

Dan Toomey (MA '89) published his article "Believing It In: Robert Frost, Walter Hendricks, and the Creation of Marlboro College" in The Robert Frost Review (No. 22, Fall 2013). Toomey briefly discusses the history of Bread Loaf (both the school and the writer's conference) in the article.

Monica Weis Plenary Speaker at Festival of Faiths

Monica Weis (SSJ, MA '73), was one of five plenary speakers, including Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, at the week-long Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky from May 13-18. Responding to the festival theme of "Sacred Earth/Sacred Self," her talk was titled "Discovering Oneself in the Cosmic Dance: Nature's Grace for Thomas Merton." She is also beginning research on her third book on Merton, investigating his fascination with Celtic spirituality.

Daniel Picker Publishes First Book of Poems

Daniel Picker (MA '92) has published his first book of poetry, Steep Stony Road (Viral Cat Press, July 2012). The book includes the poem "River Goddess,"winner of The Dudley Review Poetry Prize of Harvard University. Frost scholars John Elder (with whom Mr. Picker studied at Bread Loaf) and Seamus Heaney praise the book. 

Mary Spence's Play Workshopped in London

A play Mary Spence (MA '12) began writing in Dare Clubb's playwriting class at Bread Loaf, entitled "A Prayer for Romania," was workshopped at the Young Vic in London on February 18th with a cast of three and direction by David Weinberg.  

Bernieri Receives BGCL Award; Named Co-Chair of Lawrence Youth Council

Lou Bernieri (MA '80), teacher at Phillips Academy Andover, executive director of Andover Bread Loaf, and a four-year volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence (BGCL) was honored with the 2013 Jeannie Melucci Award on November 27. “We’re very appreciative to Lou for his remarkable, and at times life-changing, impact on our kids,” said Markus Fischer, executive director of the BGCL. “He has opened up a new world of creative writing and arts to our youth members, and unlocked the potential of becoming a writer or poet for many of them.”

Bernieri has also been named co-chair of Lawrence, Massachusetts Mayor Daniel Rivera's Youth Council and to serve on Mayor Rivera's Education Transition Team.

Martha Donovan's Essay Receives Accolade

“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 to the “Notable Essay” section of The Best American Essays 2013. This mixed-genre/hybrid essay was published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue 50 (Spring/Summer 2012).


photo credit: Autumn E. Monsees

Knute Skinner Publishes Poetry, Memoir

Knute Skinner (MA '54) published his fifteenth book of poetry, Concerned Attentions, this September (Salmon Poetry, 2013). He is also the author of a memoir, Help Me to a Getaway, (Salmon Poetry, March 2010).

Charles Butterfield Publishes Biography of Revolutionary War Officer

Charles Butterfield's (MA '75) poetry collection, Field Notes, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Butterfield has 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 Reads, Narrates, Publishes

Herbert Woodward Martin (MLitt '72), Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Dayton, opened Detroit's centennial celebration of poets Dudley Randall and Robert Hayden (1913-2013) with a reading of their work. On November 9th, Martin also narrated Copland's Lincoln Portrait with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. In September, Martin published his 9th volume of poetry titled On The Flyleaf (Bottom Dog Press). 

David Koehn Wins May Sarton Poetry Prize

David Koehn's (attended '97) full-length manuscript, "Twine," has won the 2013 May Sarton Poetry Prize, and will be published by Bauhan Publishing in Spring 2014. His chapbook "Coil" won the Midnight Sun chapbook contest at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. See more at

Jamie Brandstadter Publishes Essay in Anthology

An essay by Jamie Sweitzer Brandstadter MA ’13 entitled “The Innocence of Ice” appeared in the new anthology Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, ed. Steven Pavlos Holmes (Torrey House Press, 2013). The anthology, described by Bread Loaf’s John Elder as “eloquent and original,” merges essays, poetry, and short stories that reflect on the writers’ concrete experiences of climate change.

Josina Reaves in NYT's City Room Snapshots of Teachers

See Josina Reaves (MA '01; MLitt '11), who teaches at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, in the June 26, 2013 edition of the New York Times. Photographer Aliza Eliazarov took Reaves' photo (third in the slideshow) as part of her project documenting the end of the teaching day.

Jim Brewer Receives Holderness' Theuner Award

Jim Brewer (MA '66) received the Holderness School's Theuner Award at its 2013 commencement exercises in recognition of his twenty-three years of service to the school as an English teacher, department chair, director of development, director of college counseling, director of publications, assistant headmaster, and football coach.

Terri Vest Receives America Achieves Fellowship

Terri Vest (MA '84; MLitt '95) is the recipient of an America Achieves Fellowship. As such, she attended several sessions of Education Nation had an opportunity to speak to a number of policy-makers including Secretary of Education Duncan. Vest is also in her second term on the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards board of Directors.

Heidi Boisvert Directs Premiere of New Music and Dance

Heidi Boisvert (MA '00), a PhD candidate in Rensselaer's Department of the Arts, directed the premiere of "[radical] signs of life," a performance featuring the use of biotechnology to integrate music and images generated from networked dancers. Heidi is a new media artist and game designer who worked with a team of international artists on the project.

Holly Spinelli Published in Huffington Post

Bread Loaf senior Holly Spinelli, member of BLTN and a recipient of the prestigious Esperanza Fellowship, has written an article in the Huffington Post about her experience in a master class with Gloria Steinem as a fellow in Sam Swope's Academy for Teachers.

Lois Kim Named Executive Director of Texas Book Festival

Lois Kim (attended '92) has been named the Texas Book Festival’s executive director, responsible for managing staff, programs, operations, external relations, and resource development. Kim is currently the associate director of University Extension at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Heather Adams Receives CCCC Dissertation Award

Heather Adams (MA '08) has been awarded the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Dissertation Award for "Secrets and Silences: Rhetorics of Unwed Pregnancy Since 1960." Heather is a 2012 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where Bread Loaf professor Cheryl Glenn was her dissertation advisor.

Flor Mota Receives Teacher of Year Award

Flor Mota (current), who received a Write to Change grant to create a writing center at McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, has now received that school's Teacher of the Year award.

David Wandera Receives Award for Doctoral Study

David Wandera (MA ‘08 and current MLitt student) has been awarded a Martha King Scholarship Award for his continued doctoral study in the College of Education and Human Ecology Scholarship at Ohio State University for the 2012-13 academic year.

Monica Weis Publishes Second Book

Monica Weis (SSJ, MA '73), Professor of English and Director of the MA in Liberal Studies program at Nazareth College, published her second book, The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton (University Press of Kentucky, 2011) and spent the fall teaching American literature at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary, as a Fulbright Visiting Professor.

Mohsin Tejani Establishes School of Writing in Pakistan

Mohsin Tejani (MA '01), in collaboration with Andover Bread Loaf (ABL), has established the Karachi School of Writing in Pakistan. The School of Writing, which functions as a comprehensive community writing center, addresses the literacy needs of students, professionals, and organizations, using the arts, technology, and other resources to develop participants' 21st-century literacy abilities.