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 14; 802-443-2700 after August 14.

Wednesday, August 15

8:15 p.m.Welcome by Jennifer Grotz, with Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton; Reading by A. Van Jordan

Thursday, August 16

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Stephanie Burt, "When Are Poems Songs, and When Are Songs Poems, and Why Do We Even Care?"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Adam Giannelli, Lauren Francis-Sharma, and Patrick Phillips

8:15 p.m.Readings by Samantha Hunt and Emily Raboteau

Friday, August 17

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Akhil Sharma, "Ask Yourself: What Am I Talking About?"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Julie Buntin, Geffrey Davis, and Cutter Wood

8:15 p.m.Readings by Laura van den Berg and Monica Youn

Saturday, August 18

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Ange Mlinko, "Poetry As Expatriated Language”

4:15 p.m.Readings by Jenny George, Renee Simms, and Josh Weil

8:15 p.m.Readings by Michael Byers and Daisy Fried

Sunday, August 19

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Christopher Castellani, "Inventing the Real"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Jeff P. Jones, Angela Pelster, Jacob Shores-Argüello, and Jenny Xie

8:15 p.m.Readings by Paisley Rekdal and C. Dale Young

Monday, August 20                 

11:00 a.m.Lecture by David Treuer, "Writing Culture—Some Thoughts on Difference, Appropriation, Politics, and Race in Modern Writing”*

8:15 p.m.Readings by Christopher Castellani and Jennifer Grotz

*Please note the later start time for this morning lecture

Tuesday, August 21

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Patrick Phillips, "Facing It: On the History of Home"

4:15 p.m.Readings by Kristen Iskandrian, Alicia Jo Rabins, and Siamak Vossoughi

8:15 p.m.Readings by Mat Johnson and Alix Ohlin

Wednesday, August 22

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Paisley Rekdal, "The Erotic Wounds of War: Homoerotic War Poetry from Drum Taps to Music for Porn

4:15 p.m.Readings by Hernán Díaz, Gabe Habash, and Ange Mlinko

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 23

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Michael Byers, "A Failure of Optimism: The Strange Case of Jack Webb, Squarest Man in America”

4:15 p.m.Readings by William Brewer, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Nicole Sealey, and Jennifer Tseng

8:15 p.m.Readings by Tania James and David Treuer

Friday, August 24

9:00 a.m.Lecture by Monica Youn, “Generative Revision: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game”

4:15 p.m.Readings by Clare Beams, Francisco Cantú, and Stephanie Burt

8:15 p.m.Readings by Akhil Sharma and Tiphanie Yanique


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

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