Sarah Ray
Posted: August 2, 2001

VT - The Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers’
Conference, the oldest writers’ conference in the country,
will meet from Aug. 15-26. Held every summer since 1926 on
Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vt., the
conference celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and
remains of one of America’s most respected literary
institutions. At Bread Loaf, aspiring writers continue to
seek inspiration from the same scenic wilderness setting
that has attracted a long list of famous literary figures to
the conference, from Carson McCullers and Robert Frost to
Jhumpa Lahiri.

Loaf’s workshops, lectures and classes have introduced
generations of participants to rigorous practical and
theoretical approaches to the craft of writing, and have
served as a model of literary instruction.

Loaf is not a retreat-not a place to work in solitude.
Instead it provides a voluble congress of diverse voices in
which we test our own assumptions regarding literature and
seek advice about our progress as writers,” said Michael
Collier, director of the conference.

the 76th session of the conference, more than 200 writers,
faculty, and literary agents and editors from New York firms
as well as smaller agencies and presses from around the
country will gather. Several guests will give readings and
talks, which are open to the public. A National Book Critics
Circle Award finalist and the current Vermont State Poet,
Ellen Bryant Voigt will give a reading on Aug. 16. Novelist
Thomas Mallon, whose work frequently appears in The New York
Times Book Review, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly,
will give a lecture on Aug. 17.

Bread Loaf faculty for this year’s conference also includes
such writers as memoirist and essayist Vivian Gornick, poet
Linda Bierds and fiction writer Antonya Nelson.

following is a list of the 2001 Bread Loaf Writers’
Conference faculty:

  • Non-fiction:
    Vivian Gornick and Jim Paul
  • Poetry:
    David Baker, Linda Bierds, Michael Collier, Carl
    Phillips, Arthur Sze, Chase Twichell, Ellen Bryant
  • Fiction:
    Sandra Benítez, Robert Boswell, David Bradley,
    Lynn Freed, Randall Kenan, Thomas Mallon, Kyoko Mori,
    Antonya Nelson, David Shields, Joan Silber
  • Special
    guest: Andrea Barrett

follow is a list of events open to the public:

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Open to the Public

readings and a concert by the Vermont Symphony Trio are free
and open to the public. Lectures are given by faculty and
readings are given by both faculty and guests. All lectures
and readings take place in the theatre at the Middlebury
College Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vt. Since events are
subject to change, confirm scheduled speakers by calling
Noreen Cargill, administrative coordinator of the
conference, at 802-443-5286.

Aug. 15
8:15 p.m. Reading with Michael Collier and Thomas

August 16
9 a.m. Lecture with David Bradley, “The Tyranny of
4:15 p.m. Reading with Andrea Barrett and Barry Lopez
8:15 p.m. Reading with Roy Parvin and Ellen Bryant Voigt

August 17
9 a.m. Lecture with Thomas Mallon, “The Fiction in
4:15 p.m. Reading with Philip Stephens and Kyoko Mori
8:15 p.m. Reading with Terri Ford and David Shields

August 18
9 a.m. Lecture with David Baker, “If: On Transit,
Transcendence, and Trope”
4:15 p.m. Reading with Thisbe Nissen and Robert Boswell
8:15 p.m. Reading with Linda Bierds and Lynn Freed

August 19
9 a.m. Lecture with Lynn Freed, “Embracing the Alien:
Distance in Time and Place in the Perspective of the
4:15 p.m. Reading with Manuel Luis Martinez and David
8:15 p.m. Reading with Cate Marvin and Joan Silber

August 20
4:15 p.m. Reading with Natasha Trethewey and Antonya
8:15 p.m. Reading with Jeffery Renard Allen and Chase

August 21
9 a.m. Lecture with Arthur Sze, “The Silk Dragon:
Translating Chinese Poetry”
4:15 p.m. Reading with Mark Wunderlich and Sandra
8:15 p.m. Reading with Stacey D’Erasmo and Vivian

August 22
9 a.m. Lecture with Jim Paul, “The Found Life”
4:15 p.m. Reading with Chris Shaw and David Bradley
8:15 p.m. Reading with N. M. Kelby and Carl Phillips

August 23
9 a.m. Lecture with Vivian Gornick, “The Art of
Personal Narrative”
4:15 p.m. Reading with Carolyn Cooke, Lee Durkee, and
Paisley Rekdal
8:15 p.m. Vermont Symphony Trio

August 24
9 a.m. Lecture with Ellen Bryant Voigt, “The Rhythm of
Thought, the Rhythm of Song”
4:15 p.m. Reading with the 2000 Bakeless Literary Prize
winners: Ann Pancake, Paula Peterson and Sam Witt
8:15 p.m. Reading with Spencer Short and Randall Kenan

August 25
4:15 p.m. Reading with Rabih Alameddine and Jim
8:15 p.m. Reading with Ellen Winter and Arthur Sze