Michael Collier, director of the Conference, has published six books of poems, including The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, most recently, An Individual History. With Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, he edited A William Maxwell Portrait. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and Thomas Watson Foundation fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland.
Jennifer Grotz, assistant director of the Conference, is author of Cusp and, most recently, The Needle, which National Public Radio named one of the "5 Best Books of Poetry of the Year.” Her translations from the French of Patrice de La Tour du Pin are collected in Psalms of All My Days. Other poems, essays, translations, and reviews appear widely in journals such as Kenyon Review, New England Review, New Republic, New York Review of Books, New Yorker, Ploughshares, and in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. A recipient of awards from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Camargo Foundation, she teaches at the University of Rochester.
Noreen Cargill, administrative manager of the Conference, has worked for Middlebury College since 2000. Before joining the Conference, she worked in a library, a bookstore, and a small publishing house. She enjoys freelance writing and has published in Better Homes and Gardens, the Boston Globe, Vermont Life, and Vermont Magazine.
Megan Fitzgerald, administrative associate of the Conference, is an MFA candidate at Indiana University, where she received a Jane Foulkes Malone Fellowship in creative writing and the Bertolt Clever Literary Award in fiction. She attended the Middlebury Language School for Italian in 2013 and lives in Vergennes.