Michael Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers' 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.
The New York Times Book Review's “100 Notable
Books of 2014” features works by several recent
and former conference faculty members, visitors,
and participants, including Jeffrey Renard Allen,
Vikram Chandra, Richard Ford, Louise Glück,
Cristina HenrÍquez, Leslie Jamison, Bret Anthony
Johnston, Laila Lalami, Lorrie Moore, Celeste Ng,
Jennifer Percy, and Francine Prose.
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