Lars Engle, On-Site Director. AB, Harvard College; MA, Cambridge University; PhD, Yale University. Chapman Professor of English, University of Tulsa
Lars Engle is James G. Watson Professor at the University of Tulsa. Educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale, he is the author of Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time (Chicago, 1993), coauthor of Studying Shakespeare’s contemporaries (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and an editor of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (New York: 2002). His articles have appeared in such journals as PMLA, Modern Philology, SEL, YJC, English Studies in Africa, Pretexts, Shakespeare Quarterly, Exemplaria, Shakespearean International Yearbook, and 3pR, and he has essays in many edited collections. He’s won three teaching awards and been a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.
Holly Laird, On-Site Director. AB, Bryn Mawr College; PhD, Princeton University. Frances W. O’Hornett Professor of Literature, University of Tulsa
Damián Baca, BA, West Texas A&M University; MA, Northern Arizona University; PhD, Syracuse University. Associate Professor of English, University of Arizona
Damián Baca is Associate Professor of English and Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. He is author of Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (2008), and co-editor of Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE (2010), Rhetorics of Difference (2018), and Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise: Contested Modernities, Decolonial Visions (2019). He studies how technologies of writing can help heal colonial wounds and create global realities no longer determined by imperial, Eurocentric horizons.
Dr. April Baker-Bell, BS, MA, Eastern Michigan University; PhD, Michigan State University. Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education, Michigan State University
Dr. April Baker-Bell is an Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education in the Department of English and African American and African Studies program at Michigan State University. An emerging national and international leader in conversations on Black Language, her research interrogates the intersections of sociolinguistics, anti-black racism, and anti-racist pedagogies. As a transdisciplinary teacher-scholar-activist, Baker-Bell’s research draws from and makes contributions to the fields of English Education, Composition-Literacies studies, and Raciolinguistics. The root of her research stems from her experience being ill-prepared to address her Black students’ language and literacy needs when she worked as a high school English teacher in Detroit. As a result, she carved out a research and teaching agenda that creates a pathway to cultural, linguistic, and racial justice for Black students across educational spaces. Baker-Bell is the recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships, including the 2018 AERA Language and Social Processes Early Career Scholar Award, the Literacy Research Association’s STAR fellowship, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color fellowship. Her award winning-research and 16+ years teaching has led to additional honors such as her role as incoming Vice-President elect of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) and summer faculty at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. Dr. Baker-Bell’s research has recently been published in the English Education journal, the Journal of Literacy Research (JLR), and the Journal of International Review of Qualitative Research. Her first book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacies, Identity, and Pedagogy, will be published with NCTE-Routledge later this year. In addition to her language research, Baker-Bell’s scholarly interests include: anti-racist writing pedagogies, critical media literacies, Black feminist-womanist storytelling, and the health & wellness needs of women of color in academia, with an emphasis on early career Black women.
Michael Cadden, BA, Yale College; BA, University of Bristol; DFA, Yale
School of Drama. Senior Lecturer, Lewis Center for the Arts (Theater), Princeton University.
Jonathan Fried, BA, Brown University; MFA University of California, San Diego. Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College
Jonathan made his professional New York debut in 1986 at the New York Theater Workshop, and has since performed in well over one hundred productions, on stages in New York, regionally, and internationally. In 1987 he began a 31-year association with the Acting Ensemble at Bread Loaf Vermont. He was a resident company member at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, and at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. In 2009-2010 he toured the world with Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project, which included long runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Old Vic in London. He has frequently appeared at the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theater, Arena Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, among others. His book, Dressing Room Stories, with and about the late great American stage actor Alvin Epstein, was the genesis for his course on solo performance. In 2019, Jonathan joined the Bread Loaf Teacher Network as a professional mentor with the goal of encouraging theater and performance practices in the classroom.
Langdon Hammer, BA, Yale College; PhD, Yale University; Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University.
Langdon Hammer is the Niel Gray Jr Professor of English at Yale. His James Merrill: Life and Art won the Lambda Literary Prize for Gay Memoir/Biography and was one of the New York Times’ “Top Books of 2015.” He has written about modern and contemporary poetry for the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, and many other magazines, including the American Scholar, where he has been the poetry editor since 2004. His lectures on modern poetry are available free online at Yale Open Courses. Winner of the Yale Graduate School’s prize for the outstanding mentor in the Humanities, he has directed twenty-five PhD dissertations in English, and led courses for public school teachers in the Yale New Haven Teacher’s Institute and the Institute’s National Initiative. Last year he taught American Modernism for the second time at Bread Loaf Santa Fe, where he held the Robert Frost Chair in literature.
Jeffrey Nunokawa, BA, Yale College; PhD, Cornell University. Professor of English, Princeton University
Bruce R. Smith, BA, Tulane University; MA, PhD, University of Rochester. Professor of English, University of Southern California
Bruce R. Smith, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of nine books, including most recently Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking Cutwork in an Age of Distraction (Oxford, 2016). An earlier book, The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor (Chicago, 1999), was recognized by Choice as one of the top 24 academic books published between 1998 and 2003. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Academy, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger and the Huntington libraries.
Annalyn Swan, BA, Princeton University; MA, King’s College, University of Cambridge. Visiting Professor, Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Biographer, critic
Annalyn Swan is a biographer, critic and visiting professor at the Graduate Center in New York. With the art critic Mark Stevens, she is the author of de Kooning: An American Master, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the artist Willem de Kooning. The book also won the National Book Critics Circle award for biography. Swan and Stevens are currently at work on a biography of the British painter Francis Bacon, to be published in the fall of 2020. Swan earned her undergraduate degree in English at Princeton University and an M.A. at King’s College, Cambridge University, which she attended on a Marshall Scholarship.
Jennifer Wicke, BA, University of Chicago; MA, PhD, Columbia University. Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jennifer Wicke attended St. John’s College and graduated from the University of Chicago with majors in philosophy and biology; she received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Professor Wicke has taught in Comparative Literature, English, and film and media studies at Yale, at New York University, where she was chair of the Comparative Literature Department, and at the University of Virginia. she will visit at UC Santa Barbara this spring. Her interests include 19th, 20th and 21st century literature, critical theory, eco-criticism, media studies, political theory and economics, classics and world literatures.