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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Slightly Odd or Profoundly Bizarre: Notes on Defamiliarization” with Matthew Oltzmann

    This lecture will explore the idea that poetry should “make the strange familiar, and the familiar strange.” How does something recognizable or mundane suddenly find itself charged with mystery? How does something wild and surreal feel immediately connected to our daily lives? At a glance, it might seem like I’m describing two very different types of poems: one invested in our ordinary world, the other reaching for the absurd. The real and the unreal. However, in each of these modes, the effect I’m describing is actually achieved through similar means.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Saturday, August 14, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Fiction Forms" with Tiphanie Yanique

    Poets use form to challenge themselves by the form’s limitations. Poets also use form to participate in poetic tradition. In many cases, poets push against the limitations for forms as a way to push against the traditions which created those forms. Specific forms, however, have specific strengths which allow for specific dynamics to arise in the poem. To this end, poets have often created new forms as ways to reference new cultural limitations, create new traditions and make possible new dynamics.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Sunday, August 15, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Charisma and Characterization" with Charles Baxter

    What makes us fixate on a character so that we cannot look away? What causes a character to have power over us? Why do such people make us think about them? This is an immensely important and difficult topic, especially in these times, and I would like to talk about such characters as Morrison’s Sula, Melville’s Ahab, Dostoevsky’s Stavrogin, and possibly one of Shakespeare’s characters as “magnetic personalities.”

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Monday, August 16, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021

  • Bread Loaf Lecture Series: “Debut Books of Poetry: Notes on Sounding Like Yourself” with Brenda Shaughnessy

    You’ve immersed in flow, process, form, revision, workshop, submissions, and now—what will/could all that creative and administrative energy add up to? What are the hallmarks, conventions, and pitfalls of the debut collection? How can a book “sound like” its author? This talk explores the elements of and issues around the debut poetry collection, both in contemporary literary history and in current publishing practices—and is meant to inform, inspire, and challenge those poets working on their first manuscripts.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Admission: $25
    Open to the Public

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • MiddView 2021 Fall MiddVote

    Kick off the mid-term election season by creating your own MiddVOTE t-shirt (supplies provided). Stop by to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and learn how to get involved in MiddVOTE’s fall nonpartisan get-out-the-vote efforts! Hosted by MiddVote and the Center for Community Engagement. Questions? Contact Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu.

    Proctor Terrace

Saturday, September 11, 2021