COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

2020 Faculty Will Include:


Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian, Iranian and Egyptian descent. He received a BA and MA from the University of Albany-SUNY, and an MFA from New York University. His books encompass several volumes of poetry, including Inquisition; Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; The Fortieth DayAll One’s Blue; and the cross-genre text Bright Felon. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. His new book about hydroelectricity and the Pimicikamak Cree Nation is being published by Milkweed Editions in 2020. Ali has taught at various colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary's College of California, and Naropa University. He is currently a professor of Literature and Writing at the University of California, San Diego.  


Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson is the author of six books, including Bicentennial (2014), and Must We Mean What We Say: A Poem in Four Phases (forthcoming). He is the poetry critic for the New Yorker and a Professor of English at Wellesley College. He grew up in Burlington, Vermont.



Jennine Capo Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of three books, including the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which won the International Latino Book Award and was named a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald; it has been adopted as an all-campus read at over thirty American universities. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, she’s the recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Hillsdale Award for the Short Story, the Picador Fellowship, and a PEN/O. Henry Prize. She is an associate professor in the Creative Writing Program and the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska.  

Ted Genoways

Ted Genoways is a contributing editor at Mother Jones and New Republic. He is the author of This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American FarmThe Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing and Literature; and Tequila Wars: The Bloody Struggle for the Spirit of Mexico (forthcoming 2018). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and is a winner of a National Press Club Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.



Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff's most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Prize; her most recent story collection, Florida, won the Story Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. She was a Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellow and one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. 


J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham, PhD, is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University whose writing reflects the interplay between culture and conservation. Widely published in periodicals including Orion, Oxford American and Places Journal, among others, his work has been featured on NPR, National Geographic online, USA Today, New York Times, Slate, The Guardian and YouTube. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (2016), named a John Burroughs Medal Finalist and winner of the 2017 Southern Environmental Law Center’s Reed Environmental Writing Award. Sparrow Envy, his first chapbook, will be published this spring.


Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau is the author, most recently, of Searching for Zion, winner of a 2014 American Book Award and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award in nonfiction. Her essays about race, place, and identity have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, New York Review of Books, Orion, Oxford American, Best American Non-required Reading, Ploughshares, the Believer, and elsewhere.  She teaches creative writing at the City College of New York, in Harlem. Her next book, The Last Supper, is a hybrid crowd-sourced text about the global climate crisis. 

Amber Flora ThomasAmber Flora Thomas is the author of Eye of Water: Poems which was selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her other books include The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (2012) and Red Channel in the Rupture: Poems (2018). Her poetry has appeared in New England Review, Tin House, Ecotone, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Third Coast, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Thomas has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and Sewanee Writers Conference. She earned an MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was born and raised in northern California. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Special Guests

John Elder

John Elder taught English and environmental studies at Middlebury College from 1973 until his retirement in 2010 and lives in the Green-Mountain village of Bristol with his wife, Rita. His books Reading the Mountains of HomeThe Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa form a sequence that explores the meaning of Vermont’s landscape and environmental history for him as a teacher, writer, and householder. Picking Up the Flute, which came out in 2016, connects the geology, cultures, and environmental controversies of Connemara and Vermont through the story of his immersion in Ireland's traditional music. John is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Nature Writing.

Mark Lapin

Marc Lapin is Assistant Laboratory Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College where his courses focus on the science of socioecological systems, land management, and conservation.  Marc is also the College Lands Ecologist, responsible for the conservation and stewardship of Middlebury’s six thousand acres of forest, wetland, and leased agricultural land. A consulting ecologist for nearly three decades, he has continued to work with state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, and private landowners. In both his college and consulting work, Marc utilizes expertise in ecosystem mapping, landscape ecology, conservation assessment and planning, and field botany to further land protection; he has been fortunate to have been involved in protection and conservation management of many thousands of acres.  Marc has worked extensively with Natural Heritage Programs and State and Federal Fish and Wildlife Departments in northern New England and New York, as well as with The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust, New England Wild Flower Society, Vermont Family Forests, and numerous local land trusts, town governments, and private landowners.  The ecological evaluation of Middlebury College’s lands conducted by Marc and ten college students laid the scientific foundation for the College’s Bread Loaf Conservation Project. 

Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one graphic novel. His most recent novel, The Changeling, was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2017 by Time Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Public Library.


2020 Guests Include:

Sarah Bowlin, Agent, Aevitas Creative Management
Amy Brady, Deputy Editor, Guernica
Doug Carlson, Assistant Editor, The Georgia Review
Naomi Gibbs, Senior Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Brett Fletcher Lauer, Poetry Editor, A Public Space
Joey McGarvey, Senior Editor, Milkweed Editions
Michael Metivier, Editor, Chelsea Green Publishing
Matt Weiland, Senior Editor, W.W. Norton & Company



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