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Director Jennifer Grotz Introduces the August Lecture Series

Lecture Tickets and Information

August Lecture Series - August 8 to 21, 2021

August Lecture Ticket, $25
Subscription to the August Lecture Series (includes twenty lectures), $250

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August Lecture Series Schedule

All times noted below are EST. Please note that once logged into Crowdcast, the program will calculate to your local time zone. To avoid confusion, please plan accordingly.

Sunday, August 8 to Saturday, August 21

Sunday, August 8 
4:00 p.m. Welcome by Conferences Director Jennifer Grotz
5:30 p.m. Lecture by Carl Phillips, “On the Writing Life”

Monday, August 9
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Jess Row, “Friend to Friend in the Endtime: Imagining Solidarity, Writing the Future”

Tuesday, August 10 
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Reginald Dwayne Betts, “The I as Multitudes”
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Alexander Chee, “What Is the Novel For?”

Wednesday, August 11 
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Craig Morgan Teicher, “Literature in Real Time”

Thursday, August 12
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Tania James, “An Anatomy of Surprise in Fiction”
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Paisley Rekdal, “White Elegies: On Whiteness and Cultural Appropriation in Poetry”

Friday, August 13
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Matthew Olzmann, “Slightly Odd or Profoundly Bizarre: Notes on Defamiliarization”

Saturday, August 14
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Tiphanie Yanique, “Fiction Forms”
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Reyna Grande, “Through a Child’s Eyes; Childhood Memoirs and Their Narrators”

Sunday, August 15 
5:30 p.m. Lecture by Charles Baxter, “Charisma and Characterization”

Monday, August 16 
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Vievee Francis, “’Magnitude and Bond’: Imagery and the Sensual in the Work of Gwendolyn Brooks and Lucille Clifton”

Tuesday, August 17 
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Victoria Chang, “’A Belief in Angels’: Joy in Poetry”
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Dean Bakopoulos, “Creatures of Impulse: What Fiction Writers Can Learn from TV”

Wednesday, August 18
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Ana Menéndez, “Fragmentation, Witness, and the (Power) Structure of Story”

Thursday, August 19 
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Gabrielle Calvocoressi, “Remember When We Talked About the Future? Memory and Aspiration in Poems”
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Peter Ho Davies, “The Art of Revision”

Friday, August 20 
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Brenda Shaughnessy, “Debut Books of Poetry: Notes on Sounding Like Yourself”

Saturday, August 21 
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Jane Brox, “The Art of Describing”
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Jericho Brown, “The New Made New: Revisiting Stephen Henderson”

June Lecture Series Recordings

Tickets to the June Lecture Series recordings are available now! Just look in the Past Events section on the Bread Loaf Crowdcast page. June Lecture Tickets, $25; subscription to the June Lecture Series (includes seven lectures for BL Environmental and BL Translators’), $100.

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