Bread Loaf Writers' Conference faculty member Richard Blanco reads a poem he was asked to compose for the Barack Obama's second inauguration. Watch the CNN video here or on YouTube.
"Here They Come!"
An audio slideshow that captures all the glee and anticipation of students arriving at this mecca of literature that "looks like Eden" to boot. Director Emily Bartels also gives her perspective on what makes Bread Loaf so eternally engaging. (July 2012)
"For Barack Obama: his second inauguration" read by Paul Muldoon—Yahoo! News
A video of Bread Loaf School of English faculty member Paul Muldoon reading his commemorative poem, commissioned by Yahoo! News, accompanied by the full text on the web page.
This audio visual slide show features notable young writer Tiphanie Yanique, who "embodies the heart, soul, and spirit of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference." (Summer 2010)
Middlebury Magazine or Dispatch Articles
Poet's Kinship with President—NY Times
An article about the "spiritual connection" between Bread Loaf Writers' Conference John Ciardi Fellow in Poetry Richard Blanco and Barack Obama, who both took inspiration from their multicultural backgrounds.
The Poet Laureate Among Us
A piece about Natasha Trethewey, current U.S. Poet Laureate, returning to spend her fourth summer at Bread Loaf as part of the faculty. (Summer 2012)
"Notes from the Mountain: a Summer Series (#1)"
Diana Ling reports on quirky, insightful fellow Bread Loaf student Noam Osband, who, when not working on his Anthropology Ph.D., has appeared on both "Jeopardy" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
"Notes from the Mountain: a Summer Series (#2)"
In this second installment, Diana Ling recounts how Bread Loaf confronts issues of race and encourages writers to explore diverse pasts, presents, and futures.
Stay tuned for more notes! (July 2012)
"Catching a Streetcar at Bread Loaf"
Breadloaf students discover what it's like to "read a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, study it with a legendary drama professor and then see it performed by Equity actors—all in six weeks." Read more. (Summer 2011)
College News Stories
For the latest stories about Bread Loaf, visit the News page on the official site.
"Bread Loaf School of English Begins Summer Sessions June 21" - The 92nd summer session of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English begins under the new directorship of Emily Bartels. (June 2011)
"Emily Bartels is new director of Bread Loaf School of English" - Rutgers University Professor of English Emily Bartels is named the new director of the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English.
In the Media
Tracking Wallace Stegner's Footprints in Vermont's Earth - Written for the Los Angeles Times, posted on the Chicago Tribune Travel
A travel piece about Stegner, who conjured the American West, but honed his craft at Bread Loaf. Includes comments from Jay Parini and an account of Stegner's relationship with Frost. (Spring 2012)
The Bread Loaf Issue: Inside the Palace of Empathy
Summer 2011 at the Bread Loaf School of English seen through the eyes of a Burlington Free Press reporter.