Matvei Yankelevich
(Credit: Todd Balfour )

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


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

6/3/23 – Lecture by Matvei Yankelevich, “‘Kyiv’ or ‘Kiev’: Translation and Historical Sense”

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

6/4/23 – Lecture by Hosam Aboul-Ela, “Translation and Agency: A Biographical Turn?”

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 Geoffrey Brock, “Tuning In: On Retranslating Quotations”

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

6/7/23 – Lecture by Mónica de la Torre, “Outside Looking In / Inside Looking Out: Some Thoughts on Exophonic Writing”

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 Anton Hur, “Writer-Translators: The Model-Actors of Publishing?”

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 Kareem James Abu-Zeid, “Translating Spiritual Texts: From the Literal to the Expansive”

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 Matvei Yankelevich, “Translation Politics: The Case of Osip Mandelstam and Cold War Publishing”

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

6/17/22 – Lecture by Yvette Siegert, “Translating With the Sirens: What Translation Knows”

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

6/18/22 – Lecture by Peter Constantine, “Wooden Gnomes in Golden Dresses: Translating the Magic of a Dying Language of Greece” (This lecture will not be posted.)

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 – Lecture by Emily Wilson, “Translating the Classics”

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

6/2/19 – Lecture by John Balcom, “On Translating Classical Chinese Fiction: The Case of Dream of the Red Chamber

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 Elisabeth Jaquette, “From Pitching to Publication and Everything in Between”

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

6/5/19- Lecture by Edward Guavin, “Translation as Design”

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



6/1/18- Welcome by Jennifer Grotz; Reading by Bill Johnston

6/2/18- Lecture by  Susan Bernofksy, “Translating in Rhythm, with Gass”

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 Kazim Ali, “Intentional Mistranslation: Locating the Transnational and Polylingual in Anglophone Postcolonial Writing”

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

6/5/18- Lecture by Sora Kim-Russell, “Queerly Vague or Vaguely Queer”

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

6/6/18- Lecture by Bill Johnston, “Epic Foolishness: Translating Epic Narrative for the 21st Century”

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


6/3/17 – Welcome by Jennifer Grotz; Reading by Suzanne Jill Levine

6/4/17 – Lecture by Idra Novey, “Writing While Translating”

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

6/5/17 – Lecture by Maureen Freely, “Confessions of a Translating Novelist”

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

6/7/17 – Lecture by Suzanne Jill Levine, “Borges on Translation, or the Reader as Writer”

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

6/8/17 – Lecture by Christopher Merrill, “Corrective Readings: Translation in the Age of Trump”

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


6/3/16 – Welcome by Jennifer Grotz, Reading by Esther Allen

6/4/16 – Lecture by David Hinton, “Translating Cosmologies: From Non-Mimetic to Mimetic Language and Back Again”

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

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

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

6/7/16 – Lecture by Geoffrey Brock, “Case Studies in Imitation”

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

6/8/16 – Lecture by Esther Allen, “Temporality in Translation: the case of Antonio Di Benedetto’s Zama

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