Bread Loaf/New Mexico is located at St. John’s College, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe.

Temporarily Closed for Renovations

The St. John’s College campus, which houses Bread Loaf in Santa Fe, will be closed for renovations in summers 2021 and 2022. We will therefore not be offering our program in New Mexico this summer. Students may instead enroll at our Vermont or Oxford campuses, or register for our remote Advanced Writing Tutorial option.

Learn more about our Vermont and Oxford locations, and our Remote Tutorials.

Explore a stunning natural landscape and a vibrant urban center. Big skies, small classes, and access to the many rich cultures of the American Southwest make the Bread Loaf/New Mexico experience unlike any other.

The program enrolls approximately 65 students, and curricular offerings include a special emphasis on literature and writing of the southwest. Recent summers have included courses on Indigenous literature, Latinx literature, and nature writing.

In Santa Fe, our small classes, a special course on Introduction to Graduate Studies, and numerous faculty panels and workshops make the New Mexico campus ideal for first-year students.

The campus also features a small resident acting ensemble that stages performances, conducts workshops on innovative approaches to teaching and appreciating theater, and works alongside faculty and students to interpret texts in classes.

Location and Activities

Santa Fe is a vibrant arts center, with internationally renowned galleries and museums and a tradition of unique cultural expression. In the larger area around Santa Fe, there are many locales to visit, including Albuquerque, Acoma, Taos, and some of the most significant archeological sites in the U.S. Some classes take field trips to the open-air Santa Fe opera, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Tent Rocks and Bandelier National Monuments, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, among other sites. 


Students are lodged in spacious double rooms at St. John’s College and take their meals together. Take a virtual tour of the St. John’s College campus. Students who choose to live off campus must secure their own accommodations.

Library and Computers

Bread Loaf students in Santa Fe have use of the library of St. John’s College, supplemented by books from Middlebury College. Student rooms have direct Internet access and there are computing facilities on campus.

Questions about the New Mexico Campus?

Email Karen Browne at or call (802) 443-5418.