Bread Loaf Conferences


2014 Faculty and Guests



Jane Alison

Jane Alison is the author of a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and three novels: The Love-Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, and Natives and Exotics. Her essays and stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, New York Times, TriQuarterly, and Washington Post, among others, and a libretto and song-cycle have been set to music by composer Thomas Sleeper. Change Me, her new translation of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, will be published in 2014. She teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.


Scott Russel Sanders

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto.  The best of his essays from the past thirty years are collected in Earth Works, published in 2012.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University.  He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.


David Shields

David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including New York Times bestsellers The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead and Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno); Reality Hunger, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He has received a Guggenheim and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His work has been translated into twenty languages.


Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland's most recent book is A Journey with Two Maps.  Her New Selected Poems was published in the UK in 2013. A new volume of poetry, A Woman Without a Country, is forthcoming in 2014.  She teaches at Stanford University, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program.




Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch's eight poetry collections include the recent Cadaver, Speak and The Book of Hours. Among her earlier works are Grace, Fallen from and Poems: New and Selected. She has written two essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air and In the Blue Pharmacy, and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler. Among her honors: the 2013 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award for The Book of Hours, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, a Bellagio Center residency from the Rockefeller Foundation, and a 2012 Fulbright Professorship at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. She developed the MFA program at Purdue University, serving as its first director from 1987 until 2005, where she remains on faculty. Since 1988 she has also taught semi-regularly in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. 

Michael Collier

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.

Kate Daniels

Kate Daniels is a professor of English and director of creative writing at Vanderbilt University.  Currently a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, she is the author of four volumes of poetry: The White Wave, The Niobe Poems, Four Testimonies, and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. She was one of the founding editors of Poetry East, the coeditor of a volume of critical essays on Robert Bly, Of Solitude and Silence, and the editor of the first posthumous edition of Muriel Rukeyser’s selected poems, Out of Silence.  Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, are anthologized in more than fifty volumes, and have been the recipient of awards including Best American Poetry 2010; Best American Poetry 2008; the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry, given by the Fellowship of Southern Writers; the Crazyhorse Prize for Poetry;a Pushcart Prize, the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, and the James Dickey Prize from Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art.

A.Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, Quantum Lyrics, and The Cineaste. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers’ Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and has been included in 2013 Best American Poetry anthology. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Williams Fellowship, he was a professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan from 2009 to 2014, teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, and serves as The Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor in the department of English and the MFA program at Rutgers University-Newark.


David RivardDavid Rivard’s five books of poetry include Otherwise Elsewhere, Sugartown, and Wise Poison, winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  Among his many awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 2006 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in recognition of both his writing and teaching.  He directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire.



Alan Shapiro has published eleven books of poetry, most recently Night of the Republic, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Shapiro has also published a novel, Broadway Baby, and two memoirs, The Last Happy Occasion, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Vigil. He is the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work, Bellocq’s Ophelia, Native Guard —for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall. Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.



Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett is the author of six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe, and three collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the National Book Award; Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Archangel, which was published in 2013. She has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation,  the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in western Massachusetts and teaches at Williams College.


Maud Casey

Maud Casey is the author of the novels The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book; Genealogy; and The Man Who Walked Away; and a collection of stories, Drastic.  She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundación Valparaiso, the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, Château de Lavigny, Villa Hellebosch, and the Dora Maar House.  She lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches at the University of Maryland and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program


Percival Everett

Percival Everett is the author of twenty-three works of fiction, among them Glyph, Erasure, Wounded, I Am Not Sidney Poitier,and Percival Everett by Virgil Russell.  He has also published three volumes of poetry and a book for children. His awards include the PEN USA Award for Fiction, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award, and the Hillsdale Award for Fiction. He is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.


Ursula Hegi

Ursula Hegi is a bi-cultural writer who has published twelve books. Her Burgdorf Cycle encompasses Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother’s Palm, The Vision of Emma Blau, and Children and Fire. Hegi’s work has been translated into many languages. Her awards include the Italian Grinzane Cavour prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is on the MFA faculty at Stony Brook Southampton. She has also taught at Barnard College and at the University of California at Irvine. She has served as a juror for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of one story collection and three novels. His most recent novel, The Devil in Silver, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He's proudest of the last one. He teaches creative writing in the Columbia University MFA program.



Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands.  She has taught in numerous colleges and writing programs including Bowdoin College, Boston University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Warren Wilson MFA Program, and is the author of a collection of stories and seven novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture, The House on Fortune Street, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. She is the fiction editor at Ploughshares and a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston.


Josip Novakovich

Josip Novakovich, who immigrated from Croatia, teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. His books include the novel April Fool's Day, which was published in ten languages, and three story collections: Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust; Yolk,and Salvation and Other Disasters. He is also the author of three essay collections and two books of practical criticism. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize collection. He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an American Book Award, and he was a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.


C.E. Poverman

C. E. Poverman’s first book of stories, The Black Velvet Girl, won the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His second, Skin, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His stories have appeared in the O’Henry Prize Stories,Pushcart Prize, and other anthologies.His previous novels are Susan, Solomon’s Daughter, My Father in Dreams, and On the Edge. He’s a former director of creative writing at the University of Arizona.  His most recent novel is Love by Drowning.


Danzy Senna

Danzy Senna is the author of two novels, Caucasia and Symptomatic, a memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, and a collection of short stories entitled You Are Free. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, O Magazine, and Vogue, as well as numerous journals and anthologies. She is a recipient of a Writing Writers’ Award and has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Percival Everett, and their children.


Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of fourteen books. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Urrea’s awards include the Edgar Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the American Book Award, and the Lannan Literary Award, among others. This year his novel Into the Beautiful North was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Big Read selection. More than fifty cities and colleges have used one of Urrea’s books as a “community read.” A short-story collection and poetry collection are forthcoming. Urrea teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


John Elder

John Elder
taught English and environmental studies at Middlebury College from 1973 until his retirement in 2010 and lives in the nearby village of Bristol with his wife, Rita. His most recent books, Reading the Mountains of Home, The Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa, explore the meaning of Vermont’s landscape and environmental history for him as a teacher, writer, and householder. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Nature Writing.



Our guests in 2014 will include:

Will Allison, Editor, one story
Miriam Altshuler, President, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency
Ethan Bassoff, Agent, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin 

Brettne Bloom, Agent, Kneerim, Williams & Bloom Literary Agency
Dawn L. Davis, Vice President and Publisher, 37 INK,
   an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Kevin Craft, Editor, Poetry Northwest 

Tonaya Craft, Managing Editor, Copper Canyon Press

Thom Didato, Editor and Publisher,
Vievee Francis, Associate and Developmental Editor, Callaloo
Gabriel Fried, Poetry Editor, Persea Books
Ben George, Senior Editor, Little Brown
Joy Harris, President, The Joy Harris Literary Agency, Inc.
Amy Holman, Literary Consultant
Christopher Jackson, Executive Editor, Spiegel & Grau
Jenna Johnson, Senior Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review

Alex Lemon, Saturnalia Books
Rachel Mannheimer, Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
PJ Mark, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Fiona McCrae, Editor-in-Chief, Graywolf Press  

Anna Pitoniak, Editor, Random House

Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief, Ploughshares
Martha Rhodes, Director, Four Way Books
Don Share, Editor, Poetry
Jeffrey Shotts, Senior Editor, Graywolf Press
Janet Silver, Literary Director, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
Abe Streep, Senior Editor, Outside magazine
Mitchell Waters, Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Ross White, Executive Director, Bull City Press