Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Public Events Schedule

Lectures and readings are free and open to the public. All events will take place in the Little Theatre on the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont. Events are subject to change. Please call to confirm days and times: 802-443-5286 through August 9; 802-443-2700 after August 10.

Wednesday, August 10

8:15 p.m.--Welcome by Michael Collier and readings by Jane Hirshfield and Yiyun Li

Thursday, August 11

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by Patricia Hampl, “The Art of Solitude in an Age of Social Media”

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Alexander Chee, Solmaz Sharif, and Jane Brox

8:15 p.m.--Readings by Kate Daniels and Percival Everett

Friday, August 12

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by Thomas Mallon, “(This Year’s) Politics & the Novel”

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Michael Ruhlman, Wendy S. Walters, and Sasha West

8:15 p.m.--Readings by A. Van Jordan and David Shields

Saturday, August 13

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by James Longenbach, "Image, Figure, Sound: The Poetic Medium"  

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Garth Greenwell, Matthew Olzmann, and Hasanthika Sirisena

8:15 p.m.--Readings by Laila Lalami and Alan Shapiro

Sunday, August 14

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by Lynn Freed, “Doing No Harm: Some Thoughts on Reading & Writing in the Age of Umbrage” 

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Ted Genoways, T. Geronimo Johnson, and Safiya Sinclair

8:15 p.m.-- Readings by Carl Phillips and Joanna Scott

Monday, August 15                 

11:00 a.m.--Lecture by Jane Hirshfield, "Pocketable Breviaries"*  

8:15 p.m.--Readings by Jennifer Grotz and Patricia Hampl

*Please note the later start time for this morning lecture

Tuesday, August 16

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by David Shields, “When You Worship Your Teacher, You Remain a Student:
A Self-Incriminating Parable”

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Rickey Laurentiis, Matthew Neill Null, and Danzy Senna

8:15 p.m.--Readings by James Longenbach and Laura van den Berg

Wednesday, August 17

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by Joanna Scott, “Stopping What We Start: On Endings in Narrative"

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Katy Didden, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Luis Alberto Urrea

8:30 p.m.--Musical Program**

**Please note that this 8:30 p.m. program will take place in the Barn on the Bread Loaf campus

Thursday, August 18

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by Kate Daniels, “Slow Fuse of the Possible: On Poetry & Psychoanalysis”

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Naomi Jackson, Angela Palm, and Benjamin Percy

8:15 p.m.--Readings by Thomas Mallon and Natasha Trethewey

Friday, August 19

9:00 a.m.--Lecture by Yiyun Li, “Tolstoy’s Thousand Eyes: What Can We Learn from War and Peace” 

4:15 p.m.--Readings by Mia Alvar, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and Matthew Minicucci

8:15 p.m.--Readings by Michael Collier and Lynn Freed


Bread Loaf Conferences
204 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802-443-5286
Fax: 802-443-2087