Conference Staff

Jennifer GrotzJennifer Grotz, Director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, is the author of three books of poetry, Cusp, The Needle, and most recently, Window Left Open. Also a translator, her Psalms of All My Days, translations from the French poet Patrice de La Tour du Pin, appeared in 2014. Rochester Knockings, by the Tunisian novelist Hubert Haddad, appeared in 2015. With the poet and translator Piotr Sommer, she has recently co-translated from the Polish Everything I Don’t Know, the selected poems of Jerzy Ficowski. Some of the poems from that collection have recently appeared in New York Review of Books, Poetry, Parnassus, and The Nation. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches poetry and translation at the University of Rochester.

Lauren Francis-SharmaLauren Francis-Sharma, Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, is the author of 'Til the Well Runs Dry, her debut novel set in her parents’ native country of Trinidad. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. A former corporate lawyer, Lauren is a MacDowell Fellow, the owner of D.C. Writers Room, a co-working space for writers in D.C., and is currently working on her second novel to be published in Fall 2019.

Noreen CargillNoreen Cargill, Administrative Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences, 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.

Jason LambJason Lamb, Coordinator of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, taught middle school English for several years, before recruiting emerging and established writers for the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  He writes short fiction, and spends any free time he has hiking in the mountains.  Jason recently summited all forty-eight mountains over four thousand feet in New Hampshire and is currently working on finishing the remaining New England mountains, with occasional trips to the Cascade Range in Washington state.

2018 Admissions Board

Xhenet Aliu, Mia Alvar, Brett Beach, Lydia Conklin, Jennine Capo Crucet, Jacquira Diaz, Chris Drangle, Meghan Dunn, Tarfia Faizullah, Jamie Figueroa, francine harris, Janis Hubschman, Allegra Hyde, Jenna Johnson, Jennifer Lunden, Nina McConigley, Matthew Minicucci, Matthew Neill Null, Matthew Olzmann, Anglea Palm, Hai-Dang Phan, Mike Scalise, Aurvi Sharma, William Shih, Brando Skyhorse, Cam Terwilliger, Annie Woodford, and Jenny Xie.


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