Janisse Ray
(Credit: Todd Balfour )

The following lists include all recordings that Bread Loaf has permission to post.


6/11/24- Welcome with Directors Jennifer Grotz and Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Readings by Helen Macdonald and Emily Wilson

6/12/24- Lecture by Emily Raboteau, “Writing the Climate Crisis: Imagine, Reveal, Reckon, Repair”

6/12/24- Readings by Sean Hill, Madhu H. Kaza, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Matvei Yankelevich

6/13/24- Lecture by Kazim Ali, “The Ecopoetics and Ecotheology of Lucille Clifton’s Late Poetry”

6/13/24- Readings by Bruna Dantas Lobato, Tarfia Faizullah, Jennifer Grotz,and Pitchaya Sudbanthad

6/15/24- Lecture by Tarfia Faizullah, “Poetry and the Apocalypse”

6/15/24- Readings by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Kazim Ali, and Emily Raboteau

6/16/24- Lecture by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, “Drawing the Lines”

6/16/24- Readings by Nikky Finney, Anton Hur, and Claire Vaye Watkins


6/2/23 – Welcome with Directors Jennifer Grotz and Megan Mayhew Bergman (coming soon)

6/3/23 – Lecture by Nathaniel Rich, “The Activist Impulse in Environmental Writing” 

6/3/23 – Readings by Mónica de la Torre, Pam Houston, J. Drew Lanham, and Christopher Merrill

6/4/23 – Lecture by Jennifer Chang, “Walking To, From, Away: An Intimate Theory of Walking Poems by Women”

6/4/23 – Readings by Jennifer Grotz, Ladee Hubbard, and Joseph O. Legaspi

6/5/23 – Lecture by Padma Viswanathan, “It’s Alive! Translations as Embodied Shadows”

6/5/23 – Readings by Hosam Aboul-Ela, Jennifer Chang, and Carolyn Finney 

6/6/23 – Lecture by Carolyn Finney, “Freedom Writers: On Nature, Justice & Telling the Truth”

6/6/23 – Readings by Megan Mayhew Bergman, Nathaniel Rich, and Matvei Yankelevich

6/7/23 – Lecture by Pam Houston, “Playing Tennis Without A Ball (or a Racquet, or a Net, or a Court, or a Serena Williams Signature Dress, Etc.)”

6/7/23 – Readings by Ramona Ausubel, Geoffrey Brock, and Padma Viswanathan


6/13/22 – Welcome by Jennifer Grotz

6/13/22 – Welcome by Megan Mayhew Bergman

6/14/22 – Lecture by Tarfia Faizullah, “To Be a Leaf”

6/14/22 – Lecture by Madhu H. Kaza, “Lines of Flight: Translating in a Continuous World”

6/14/22 – Readings by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Emily Raboteau, and Yvette Siegert

6/15/22 – Lecture by Elizabeth Rush, “On Rising Together: Collective and Creative Responses to the Climate Crisis” (This lecture will not be posted.)

6/15/22 – Readings by Dan Chiasson, Madhu H. Kaza, and Janisse Ray (This recording does not include Madhu H. Kaza’s reading.)

6/16/22 – Lecture by Abe Streep, “Immersion, Implication, and the Lonely Myth of Objectivity” (This lecture will not be posted.)

6/16/22 – Readings by Kazim Ali, Peter Constantine, and Elizabeth Rush

6/17/22 – Lecture by Janisse Ray, “Following Golden Threads” (This lecture will not be posted.)

6/17/22 – Readings by Tarfia Faizullah, Anton Hur, Morgan Jerkins, and Matvei Yankelevich

6/18/22 – Lecture by Morgan Jerkins, “What happened to Maggie? On Toni Morrison’s ‘Recitatif’”

6/18/22 – Readings by Jennifer Grotz, Abe Streep, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, and Kimi Traube


5/31/19 – Welcome by Jennifer Grotz, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Bill McKibben

6/1/19 – Readings by John Elder, Edward Gauvin, Elisabeth Jaquette, and Claire Vaye Watkins

6/1/19 – Lecture by Jennifer Chang, “Other Pastorals: Writing Race and Place”

6/2/19 – Lecture by John Elder, “Mount Tamalpais and Mount Abraham”

6/2/19- Readings by Jennifer Chang, J. Drew Lanham, and Emily Wilson

6/3/19- Lecture by Helen Macdonald, “Bugs and Birds and Bewilderment: How I Learned to Write About Nature”

6/4/19- Lecture by J. Drew Lanham, “Curating Culture into Stories of the Wild: When Extinction and Ethnicity Converge”

6/4/19- Readings by John Balcom, Daniel Duane, and Helen Macdonald

6/5/19- Lecture by Daniel Duane, “What Are Mountains For?”

6/5/19- Readings by Megan Mayhew Bergman, Sean Hill, and Suzanne Jill Levine


6/1/18- Welcome by Megan Mayhew Bergman; Reading by Scott Russell Sanders

6/2/18- Reading by Emily Wilson, “The Odyssey: A Reading and Discussion”

6/2/18- Readings by Brooks Haxton, Kazim Ali, and Deirdre Heekin

6/3/18- Lecture by Scott Russell Sanders, “What We Write About When We Write About Nature”

6/3/18- Readings by Ted Genoways, Sora Kim-Russell, and Amber Flora Thomas

6/5/18- Readings by Susan Bernofsky, Ginger Strand, and Monica de la Torre

6/6/18- Lecture by Brooks Haxton, “Images”

6/6/18- Readings by Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jennifer Grotz, and Luis Alberto Urrea


6/3/17 – Welcome by H. Emerson Blake and Michael Collier; Reading by Ross Gay

6/4/17 – Lecture by John Elder, “Writing the Edge”

6/4/17 – Readings by Ted Genoways, Maureen Freely, and Robin Wall Kimmerer

6/5/17 – Lecture by Camille T. Dungy, “What If We’ve Got It All Wrong: Writing Into the Liberation of Uncertainty”

6/5/17 – Readings by Megan Mayhew Bergman, Idra Novey, and Joe Wilkins

6/6/17 – Lecture by Joe Wilkins, “Hearing Voices: Speaking as the Other in Environmental Writing”

6/7/17 – Readings by Camille T. Dungy and Christopher Merrill

6/8/17 – Lecture by Robin Wall Kimmerer, “What Does the Earth Ask of Us”

6/8/17 – Readings by John Elder and Jennifer Grotz


6/3/16 – Welcome by H. Emerson Blake and Michael Collier, Reading by Scott Russell Sanders

6/4/16 – Lecture by Robert Michael Pyle, “Secrets of the Talking Leaf”

6/4/16 – Readings by Geoffrey Brock and Aimee Nezhukumatathil

6/5/16 – Lecture by Maurice Manning, “The Burning Boy and The Goose Girl: On the Economies of Poetry”

6/5/16 – Readings by Belle Boggs, David Hinton, and Rubén Martinez

6/6/16 – Lecture by Jane Brox, “There Are Times When This Shelter Itself is Deceptive”

6/6/16 – Talk by David Hinton, “Wilderness Thought in Ancient Chinese and Modern American Poetry”

6/7/16 – Lecture by Belle Boggs, “Fieldwork in Fiction and Nonfiction”

6/7/16 – Readings by Jane Brox, Karen Emmerich, and Maurice Manning

6/8/16 – Lecture by Rubén Martinez, “Spirit, Flesh, Place: Linking Nature and the Human”

6/8/16 – Readings by Robert Michael Pyle and Jennifer Grotz