Amy Hungerford Publishes New Book

Amy Hungerford, professor of English at Yale University and faculty at Bread Loaf since 2009, published her latest book, Making Literature Now (Stanford University Press, 2016), a text that combines ethnography, polemic, and traditional literary criticism in an exploration of the social networks that support and shape contemporary literature.

Former Oxford Professor Stanley Wells Earns Knighthood

Stanley Wells, Bread Loaf/Oxford professor from 1978 to 1987, was granted knighthood this June for his services to the study and appreciation of Shakespeare. He is also the honorary emeritus governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham.

Emma Smith Publishes Biography of First Folio, Authenticates Newly-Discovered Copy

Former Bread Loaf/Oxford on-site director and Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College Emma Smith published Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book (Oxford University Press, 2016), a biography of the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays. This April, Smith authenticated a copy of the First Folio that was unearthed at the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.

See more at http://www.bbc.com/news/education-35973094.  

Rachel Lee Named Director of UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Rachel Lee, Professor of English and Gender Studies at UCLA and Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member, was named director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. In this capacity, she is co-principal investigator on a project studying Gender and Everyday Water Use funded by UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. Additionally, Lee's book, The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America (NYU Press, 2014) won the 2016 Asian American Studies Association Award for Best Book in Cultural Studies.

Langdon Hammer Biography of James Merrill Receives Accolades

James Merrill: Life and Art (Knopf, 2015), a biography by Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member and Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University Langdon Hammer, was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/Biography and for the 2015 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism by the Poetry Foundation. The Times Literary Supplement nominated the biography for 2015 Book of the Year and the New York Times named it one of the Top Books of 2015.

Brenda Brueggemann Publishes Chapter in Text

New Bread Loaf faculty member Brenda Brueggemann, Professor of English at the University of Louisville, published "Disability: Representation, Disclosure, Access, and Interdependence" with Stephanie Kerschbaum in How to Build a Life in the Humanities: Meditations on the Academic Work-Life Balance, edited by Greg Colon Semenza and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She presented "The Art as Memory Project: Documenting Disabled Lives" at the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference (Atlanta, June 2015) and "Deaf Gain: Telling Stories about Our Hearing Loss" at Hearing Loss Association of America Annual Convention (Louisville, September 2015). Brueggemann also received grants from the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Carol MacVey's Independent Film in Post-Production

Carol MacVey, Bread Loaf faculty member and lecturer in acting at the University of Iowa, is the director, executive producer, and screenwriter for an independent film of Chekhov's The Seagull, which was completed in September and is currently in post-production. MacVey credits her 1976 Bread Loaf directing class with igniting her passion for the play and her Bread Loaf students with making the film possible through their generous donations. See more at www.facebook.com/theseagullfilm/?fref=ts

Jeffrey Shoulson Presents at MLA and AJS Conferences

Jeffrey Shoulson, Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member and Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, presented "The Jewish Transparent: Jewishness, Community, and Self-Definition in Transparent" at the Modern Languages Association annual conference in Austin, Texas (January 2016) and "Transparent and Transgression in the Classroom" at the Association of Jewish Studies annual conference in Boston, MA (December 2015). 

David Huddle Publishes Collection of Poetry and More

Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member David Huddle, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, published the collection of poetry Dream Sender (LSU Press, September 2015), as well as the poem "Between Mrs. Hicks & Her Body" in the Los Angeles Review of Books (March 9, 2015), the essay "The Singular Voice of Flannery O'Connor" in the Flannery O'Connor Review (Vol. 13, 2015), and the story "Golden Gloves" in The Georgia Review (Vol. LXIX, No. 2, Summer 2015). 

Jeffrey Shoulson Interviewed for New Books in Jewish Studies

Jeffrey Shoulson, Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member and Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, was recently interviewed about his book Fictions of Conversion for New Books on Jewish Studies.

Michael Katz Presents at First Bread Loaf Translator's Conference

At the first Bread Loaf Translator's Conference this June, Bread Loaf professor and C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College Michael Katz gave a presentation entitled "Translation Matters? Translation Matters! Translation Matters."

Emma Smith Receives TORCH Fellowship

Bread Loaf/Oxford on-site director and Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College Emma Smith received a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship from the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities to partner with the Royal Shakespeare Company on the project “The Folio of the Future.”

Jesse Alemán Named Visiting Scholar

University of New Mexico American Literary Studies Professor and longtime Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member Jesse Alemán was named the 2015 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar in Literature at Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, New Mexico.

Stefano Evangelista Earns AHRC Fellowship

Stefano Evangelista, Fellow and Tutor in English at Trinity College and frequent faculty member at Bread Loaf’s Oxford campus, was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship for his project “The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin-de-Siecle.”

Cheryl Glenn Receives Honorary Doctorate

Cheryl Glenn, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and on-site director of Bread Loaf/Santa Fe, received an honorary doctorate from Örebro University (Sweden) in February 2015 for her work as "one of the world's leading reearchers in the field of rhetorical studies."

Django Paris and Maisha Winn Book Earns AERA Award

Humanizing Research, a book written by Bread Loaf/New Mexico faculty member Django Paris with Maisha Winn, won the 2015 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association's Qualtitative Research Special Interest Group.

Cheryl Glenn to Give Keynote Lecture in Sweden

Bread Loaf/Santa Fe On-site Director, Professor of English and Director of the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Pennsylvania State University Cheryl Glenn will give the keynote lecture at the Swedish Association for American Studies at Örebro, Sweden in September 2014.

Adam Banks Named 2014 Rhetorician of the Year

Adam Banks, Bread Loaf faculty member and Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky, was named 2014 Rhetorician of the Year by the Young Rhetoricians’ Conference.

Isobel Armstrong Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Bread Loaf/Vermont professor Isobel Armstrong, Emeritus Professor of English, Geoffrey Tillotson Chair, and Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies of the University of London, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as Foreign Honorary Member.

Alexa Huang Awarded American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Burkhardt Fellowship and Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Bread Loaf/Oxford '13 faculty member Alexa Huang, English professor at George Washington University, has been named the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick for 2014-2015 and received the American Council of Learned Society's Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., for 2015-2016. She will be working on a book entitled Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press). Professor Huang also gave a keynote on "Global Shakespeares as Methodology" at a conference at UC Irvine, April 18-19, 2014.

Ruth Forman Receives Fellowship

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

Jeffrey Shoulson to Deliver Lecture at Folger Institute

Jeffrey Shoulson, Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty member and Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, presented "The Jewish Idea of Biblical Poetry in Translation" this December at the Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Studies. 

Alemán Publishes Article in Book Collection

Jesse Alemán's article, "Days of the (Un)Dead: Vampires, Zombies, and Other Forms of Chicano/a Horror in Film," appears 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 first emerged from teaching a horror sequence in his Bread Loaf course on Southwestern Literature and Film.

Cheryl Glenn and Andrea Lunsford Deliver Keynote at Rhetoric Conference

Bread Loaf professors Andrea Lunsford (Stanford) and Cheryl Glenn (Penn State) delivered the keynote address at the 2013 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference held at Stanford in September. Their keynote, "Sister Rhetors World Wide" was followed by a surprise celebration in honor of Lunsford's contributions to the discipline. The two also led a workshop on feminist historiography.

Robert Stepto Quoted in New York Times

Robert Burns Stepto, Professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University was quoted in a September 22, 2013 New York Times article about the historical accuracy of the slave narrative behind the new film, "12 Years a Slave."

Alan MacVey Elected to College of Fellows of the American Theatre

Long-time Bread Loaf faculty member and Director of the Theater Program Alan MacVey has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, an organization that honors professional and academic theater artists and scholars. MacVey will be inducted next April at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Michael Katz Presents Paper on Tolstoy Translation

Michael Katz, C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College, delivered a paper (in Russian) entitled "Problems in Anglo-American Translation: Cockney or Cowboy?" at the 8th International Seminar of Translators of the Works of Leo Tolstoy and Other Russian Classics, held at Tolstoy's home Yasnaya polyana in August.

Damian Baca Receives NCTE Committee Appointment

Bread Loaf faculty member and Professor of English at the University of Arizona Damián Baca has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on International Concerns for NCTE, a committee charged with identifying and developing relationships with organizations for teachers of mother-tongue literacy in countries in the western hemisphere in order to promote knowledge exchange among those organizations.

Simon Ortiz Awarded Poetry Prize

Simon J. Ortiz, Bread Loaf faculty member and Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University, has been awarded the Golden Tibetan Antelope Prize for International Poetry by the Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival (August 2013, Xining Province, China). Ortiz’s poetry collection, Going for the Rainy, has been published in a bilingual edition (Chinese and English) by Tsingua University Press (June 2013; originally published in 1976 by Harper & Row).

Victor Luftig Appointed as Academic Coordinator for Semester at Sea

The University of Virginia has appointed Bread Loaf faculty member Victor Luftig to the position of Academic Coordinator for Semester at Sea. He sailed as Academic Dean on the Spring 2012 voyage and will hold the same position on the Summer 2015 voyage. Luftig directs UVA's Center for the Liberal Arts, which offers content programs for K-12 teachers in a variety of subjects.

JoBeth Allen Co-Edits Book

JoBeth Allen, professor of language and literacy within the College of Education at the University of Georgia and faculty member in writing at Bread Loaf in 1997 and 2001, has co-edited with Lois Alexander A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers: Lessons and Resources from the U.N. Rights of the Child (Teachers College Press, 2013).

Based on a three-year study in rural and urban high-poverty schools, the book shows how a group of teachers developed a critical content framework using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Cheryl Glenn Lectures in the Netherlands

Bread Loaf/Santa Fe professor and on-site director Cheryl Glenn spent the month of May lecturing at both Wageningen University (Wageningen) and Radboud University (Nijmegen) in The Netherlands. Her lectures and workshops focused on theories, practices, and pedagogies of academic writing, from first-year writing to the dissertation.

Cheryl Glenn and Andrea Lunsford Lecture in Sweden

Bread Loaf professors Cheryl Glenn (Penn State University) and Andrea Lunsford (Stanford University) just returned from a week in Sweden, where they lectured and held symposia at Orebro University (Orebro) and Sodertorn University (Stockholm).

Jeffrey Shoulson Publishes Fictions of Conversion

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

JoBeth Allen Receives 2012 NCTE Outstanding Educator Award

JoBeth Allen, professor of language and literacy within the College of Education at the University of Georgia and faculty member in writing at Bread Loaf in 1997 and 2001, is the recipient of the 2012 NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award.

Sam Swope Founds Academy for Teachers

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, has initiated a new project that is already making the news. His Academy for Teachers, spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal, inspires and supports teachers by bringing them together with scholars for master classes and exchanges of ideas and strategies.

Michael Armstrong, former Head Teacher at Harwell Primary School in England,
renowned for his popular course on Describing the Imagination at Bread Loaf/Vermont, has published a new book, What Children Know: Essays on Children's Literary and Visual Art (lulu.com).
In the book, Armstrong describes how children’s stories, poems, drawings and paintings might be taken seriously as works of art by measuring them against seven criteria.
In his close examination of children’s writing and drawing, he makes the case that such an understanding could transform “every aspect of schooling: the structure of the curriculum, the method of teaching, the form of assessment, the relationship of the teacher to pupil, and the cultural role of the school within society.”




Caroline Bicks, Associate Professor of English at Boston College, who has taught courses on early modern literature at Bread Loaf/Vermont, received (along with Jennifer Summit) the 2011 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Collaborative Research Award 
for their co-edited collection The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).  


Additionally, Professor Bicks published “Gender and Sexuality in Middleton’s Plays” in Thomas Middleton in Context , edited by Suzanne Gossett (Cambridge University Press, 2011); “Instructional Performances: Ophelia and the Staging of History” in Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England , edited by Kathryn McPherson and Katherine Moncrief (Ashgate, 2011); and “Producing Girls in Mary Ward’s Convent Schools” in Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, edited by Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh (Ashgate, 2011).

An accomplished comedian as well as a scholar, Bicks performed a self-penned comic monologue for the show “Not What I Signed Up For” at the Triad Theater in New York City in August, 2011.


Sara Blair, Professor of English at the University of Michigan and a long-time faculty member at Bread Loaf / Vermont,
coauthored with Eric Rosenberg, Trauma and Documentary Photography of the FSA  (University of California Press, 2012).



John Elder, College Professor Emeritus, might have retired from Middlebury College in 2010, but his life in the meantime has been far from retiring.

elder-booksProfessor Elder has published an “Afterward: ‘Back in a time made Simple by the loss/Of detail” in Landscape History of New England , edited by Blake Harrison and Richard W. Judd (MIT Press, 2011); an article on variations in maple syrup flavor in McGill University’s online journal CuiZine ; and the introduction to Out of the Earth, published by Cork University Press. 

During 2011-12, Elder has presented the keynote talk, “John Burroughs and Nature Writing,” at SUNY Oneonta and the John Burroughs Natural History Society; the plenary address for a celebration of the environmental writer Tim Robinson’s work at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland; and the 2011 commencement address at George Mason University’s New Century Honors College.



Cheryl Glenn, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and on-site director of Bread Loaf/Santa Fe
has been named a Visiting Professor of the Humanities for 2012 at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
She has given a number of invited lectures abroad, at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway, Sodertorns University in Stockholm, Sweden, and at Radboud University, including a keynote lecture, “Some Lessons for Teachers,” at the Academic Writing Center’s All-Day Event for Faculty at Radboud in May. Professor Glenn, with fellow Bread Loaf faculty member Andrea Lunsford, Alysse O’Brien and Robert Smith, gave the keynote panel “Our Best (and Maybe Only) Chance: Global Rhetoric as an Antidote to Violence” at A Symposium in Honor of Eva Magnussen.
glenn-booksIn addition to her speaking engagements, Glenn released new editions of both The Hodges Harbrace Handbook (18th edition, co-edited with Loretta Gray) and the second edition of The Harbrace Guide to Writing, both published by Wadsworth in 2012, and co-edited Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts with Krista Ratcliffe. Published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2011, the book combines essays that make the case that strategic, purposeful use of silence and listening can be as rhetorically effective as the more traditional arts of reading, writing, and speaking.  




David Huddle, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins College, and a longtime member of the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty,
has published his tenth work of fiction, Nothing Can Make Me Do This (Tupelo Press, 2011).

The novel follows the innermost thoughts and intimate secrets of three generations of Housemans. Publishers Weekly praises the novel as “ravishing, charged with both desire and emotional turmoil; his insights, though sometimes unsettling, skillfully mirror reality.”


Listen to a Vermont Public Radio interview with Professor Huddle about his new novel here, read a Burlington Free Press article here, and read reviews here. This year, Huddle also published the essay “What to Say About What She’s Got,” in Austin Peay State University’s Zone 3 magazine and the story “Doubt Administration” in Green Mountains Review




David Kirkland, Assistant Professor of English Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU, along with Bread Loaf Associate Director Django Paris, published “Understanding ‘The Consciousness of the Verbal Artist’: The Work of Vernacular Literacies in Digital and Embodied Spaces” in Critical Perspectives on Education in Urban Settings (Teachers College Press, 2011).

Professor Kirkland was also honored in 2011 to be named a Fellow by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Program.

paris_headshot_iiDjango Paris, Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at Michigan State University, has been awarded an Early Career Achievement Award for 2012 by the National Conference for Research on Language and Literacy
in recognition of his outstanding record of publications, commitment to innovation in theory and practice, and understanding of the complexity of teaching and learning literacy across educational settings.

Among his many publications is Language across Difference: Ethnicity, Communication, and Youth Identities in Changing Urban Schools (Cambridge University Press, 2011).



Nicholas Perkins, Fellow of St. Hugh's College and Lecturer in English, University of Oxford, and a medievalist at the Bread Loaf/Oxford campus, curated “The Romance of the Middle Ages” at the Bodleian Library (January 28 – May 13, 2012). The exhibition highlighted the Bodleian’s collection of manuscripts and early printed books of medieval romance.

Jeffrey Shoulson, begana new position at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2012 as the Simon and Doris Konover Chair in Judaic Studies; Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life; Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; and Professor of English.

Professor Shoulson, who has taught courses on early modern literature and the Bible at Bread Loaf/Vermont, published "Man and Thinker: Denis Saurat and the Old New Milton Criticism" in The New Milton Criticism, edited by Peter C. Herman and Elizabeth Sauer (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He also lectured on “Daughters and Ducats: Conversion in The Merchant of Venice” at Dickinson College in March of 2012 and “Converting the Bible in Early Modern England: The King James Bible and its Cultural Aftermath” at Ohio State University in May of 2011.

Tracy K. Smith, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University, and a new member of the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty, was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book, Life on Mars: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2011),
She is featured on PBS’s NewsHour, the New York Times’
Sunday Book Review (August 26, 2011), and in Don Chaisson’s
article “New Poems by Tracy K. Smith and Dana Levin,” published
in The New Yorker (August 8, 2011).
The poems delve into science, religion, philosophy, and art as Professor Smith deals with life on Earth while contemplating the universe. 



Robert Burns Stepto, Professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University,
co-edited, with Jennifer Rae Greeson, The Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories (Norton, 2011).

Professor Stepto also presented at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain in 2012 and gave the Peters Rushton Lecture in American Literature at the University of Virginia in 2011.

strong_headshotJonathan Strong, who has taught fiction writing at Tufts University and Bread Loaf/Vermont for many years, has published a new novel, More Light (Quale Press, 2011).


Professor Strong was the subject of James Morrison’s article, “Happiness in a Corner: On Jonathan Strong,” published in the Michigan Quarterly Review (2011).




Maisha T. Winn, Associate Professor in Language, Literacy, and Culture at Emory University and a new member of the Bread Loaf faculty,
gave the Keynote Address for Middlebury College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration in January 2012.

In her speech, Professor Winn questioned how King’s ideals of equality and justice are to be realized in an age when there is an increasing “school to prison pipeline.”

She also presented “Still Writing in Rhythm: Youth Poets at Work in the World” at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) of the Teachers College at Columbia University. Winn is a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the IUME. See video of the talk here

She is also the co-author with Latrise Johnson of Writing Instruction in Culturally Relevant Classrooms (published by the National Council of Teachers of English, 2011).



Michael Wood, Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English at Princeton University, and a regular member of the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty,
has published A Very Short Introduction to Film (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Professor Wood has also given the 2011 Renato Poggioli Lecture, ‘Benjamin’s Proust: forgetting translation’, Harvard University, and talks on Nabokov (‘Modern mimesis’) at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, (‘Yeats and disorder’) at Sligo, Ireland; Proust (‘All about his mother’) at Wolfson College, Oxford; and ‘The habit of distraction’ at the German-American Institute in Heidelberg, Germany.intro_to_film

Patrick Wood Uribe, Assistant Professor of Music at Boston University, joined the Bread Loaf/Vermont faculty for the first time in 2012 though he spent many summers at the Vermont campus as a child, playing the violin in the Barn. In January, 2012, Professor Wood Uribe released the CD “Love Raise Your Voice: Music For Soprano, Violin and Piano” on MSR Classics. In May of 2012, he gave talks on “Freedom and Form: The Ambitions and Aspirations of A. B. Marx’s Theory of Composition” at the Oxford Faculty of Music Research Colloquium, University of Oxford (UK) and “Between Music Criticism and Theory: Feeling in A. B. Marx’s Theories of Form and the Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung” at the Max-Planck-Insitut für Bildungsforschung in Berlin, Germany.