COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

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 Theater 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 13; 802-443-2700 after August 13.

Wednesday, August 14

8:15 p.m.Welcome by Jennifer Grotz, with Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton; Reading by Stacey D’Erasmo

Thursday, August 15

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Rick Barot, "The Face of the Beloved"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Richie Hofmann, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, and Ana Menéndez

8:15 p.m.Readings by Alexander Chee and Mary Szybist

Friday, August 16

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Maud Casey, "Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend: The Sound of Silence in Fiction"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Chip Cheek, Brad Felver, Shivanee Ramlochan, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras 

8:15 p.m.Readings by Christina García and Matthew Olzmann

Saturday, August 17

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Jericho Brown, "Faith in the Now: Some Notes on Poetry and Immortality"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Zalika Reid-Benta, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and Liam Callanan

8:15 p.m.Readings by Jennifer Grotz and Michael Parker

Sunday, August 18

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Liam Callanan, "Invisible Characters, Black Holes, and the Astrophysics of Fiction: an Introduction"

1:30 p.m.Reading by Special Guest Ilya Kaminsky

4:15 p.m.Readings by Shara Lessley, Lauren Markham, and Ravi Howard

8:15 p.m.Readings by Rick Barot and Aminatta Forna

Monday, August 19                

8:15 p.m.Readings by Jesse Donaldson, Lauren Francis-Sharma, and A. E. Stallings

Tuesday, August 20

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Matthew Olzmann, "A Room Within a Room: Imagined Interiors"

4:15 p.m.Readings by R.O. Kwon, Dustin Pearson, Deepak Unnikrishnan

8:15 p.m.Readings by Maud Casey and Vievee Francis

Wednesday, August 21

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Ravi Howard, "Countermelodies: How Race and History Shape the Interior Voice"

1:30 p.m.Readings by Special Guests Yusef Komunyakaa and Kevin Young

4:15 p.m.Readings by Tyler Mills, Zeyn Joukhadar, and Jennifer Finney Boylan

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 22

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Mary Szybist, "The Spell of Echo"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Amy Bonnaffons, Liz Harmer, and Michael Shewmaker

8:15 p.m.Readings by Reyna Grande and Sally Keith

Friday, August 23

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Alexander Chee, "Point of View and Point of Telling in James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Matthew Lansburgh, Camille Rankine, and Don Lee

8:15 p.m.Readings by Jericho Brown and Christopher Castellani


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

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