The Bread Loaf School of English


Brandon Abdon Presents Talks at KYCTE State Conference

Heather Adams Completes Dissertation at the Pennsylvania State University

Stanley Badgett's Book Included in Writing and Rhetoric Anthology

Paul Barnwell Receives Grant from CE&S Foundation for Digital Storytelling Efforts

In 2011, Robert Baroz (MA ’95, MLitt ’04; BLTN member), a longtime teacher in the Boston public school system, was honored as one of sixteen teachers chosen as a Teacher Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education and charged with helping to shape national educational debate and policy.

Dean Woodring Blase (MA ’01; BLTN member), an inaugural member of the Doctor of Education Leadership program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, co-edited (with Sally Lamping) Trust Me, I Can Read (Teachers College Press, 2012).

MaryBeth Britton (MA ’03; BLTN member) received the 2012 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Award. MaryBeth teaches English at the Pecos High School and has helped raise that school’s reading scores by 13%. Read more here.

In 2012, Michael Carr (BL ’10) published The Viking Pawn, the story of a Ph.D. pawnbroker thrown into an international adventure of murder and mystery.

Jeffrey Cramer was awarded the 2011 Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities for The Quotable Thoreau (Princeton University Press, 2011). Jeffrey was featured in Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" with Steve Paulson on May 6, 2012.

Maria Fahey (MLitt student from ’99 – ’02), chair of English at the Friends Seminary in New York City, published Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Jenifer Fox (MA ’03) published, with Whitney Hoffman, The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists (Jossey-Bass, 2011), which offers lists to help the teacher develop lessons, materials, and assessment techniques.

Caroline Gambell's (current) piece, “A Girl Can Dream,” has been included in Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, 2012), edited by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort, a collection of essays, anecdotes, and photos which address the legalization of same-sex marriages. The Library Review declared the collection,"required reading for all students of civil rights and marriage equality."

Patrick Hastings (current) presented “Hip Hop, Slam, and Postmodernism: The Revolution in Poetry” at The American Studies Institute in 2012 and “Using Film Projects in Literature Classes” at the AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools) Conference in 2011.

The Washington Post honored Sarah Kiyak (current) with the 2012 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for the city of Alexandria, Virginia. The award highlights excellence in teaching and is intended to encourage creative instruction. Sarah teaches English at T. C. Williams High School, where she is also the faculty sponsor of the Model UN Club. Read more here.

Emily Lackey's (current) just-published “I Am Planned Parenthood,” is an editor's pick at In this personal reflection, Emily responds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision (later reversed) to pull its funding from Planned Parenthood.

Alexandra E. Lindhout (Schmitt, attended ’04) published The Routes of African Diaspora Life Writing in Germany and the United States of America: A Comparative Analysis (Deutscher Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2011), her doctoral thesis on contemporary African German and African American autobiographies.

John Mancuso (MA ’96) presented “Navigating the Vast Frontier: Research in 2012” at a conference on Changing Landscapes of Composition, sponsored by Cengage Learning; “Research in General Education” at the Teaching General Education in the 21st Century conference at the Center for Teaching Excellence; and “Research in the Age of Too Much Information” at the Two-Year College Association-Northeast's 2011 conference on Teaching in a Tidal Space: Navigating the Ebb and Flow of Student Learning, in Portland, Maine.

In 2011, Abigail Manzella (MLitt ’03) published “’Pharmako-logical’ Panic: The Narrative Logic of Capturing the Friedmans” in The Journal of Popular Culture 44 and “The Sites and Sounds of Music in The Souls of Black Folk” in Resounding Pasts: Essays in Literature, Popular Music, and Cultural Memory (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), edited by Drago Momcilovic.

Herbert Woodward Martin (MLitt ’72) published two poems in The Notre Dame Review, Notre Dame’s literary magazine (issue 33): “On the Flyleaf of the Divided Country” and “On the Flyleaf of Small Congregations.”

Tom McKenna (MA ‘96; BLTN member), a teacher at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, was honored as one of four 2012 BP Teachers of Excellence from southeast Alaska.

Renee Moore (MA ’97; BLTN member) published "Brown v. The African American Teacher: The Lingering Effects of Inequality" in The American Public School Teacher: Past, Present, and Future (Harvard University Press, June 2011). Renee also co-authored (with Barnett Berry and the Teaching 2030 Team) Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools-- Now and in the Future (Teacher College Press, January 2011)

Susan T. Moss (MA ’76) completed a month-long writer's residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2011.  She is currently compiling a manuscript for a full length collection of poetry entitled In From The Dark. Susan also recently completed a two-year term as president of Illinois State Poetry Society.

Without Tess, a young adult novel by Marcella Pixley(MLitt ‘00), was published in October of 2011 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Read more about Marcella and her novels at

Jineyda Tapia (current; BLTN member), a teacher at Lawrence High School, has been named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an "Unsung Heroine for 2012" and commended for her outstanding work in her classroom and for the community of Lawrence.

Katherine Towler (MA ’84) and Ilya Kaminsky edited A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith, published by Tupelo Press in 2012.