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Alan Shapiro reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

alan-shapiroAlan Shapiro reads his poems at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

“Dressing Table”

“Heavy Snow”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Alan Shapiro was educated at Brandeis University. The author of numerous collections of poetry, Shapiro has explored family, loss, domesticity, and the daily aspects of people’s lives in free verse and traditional poetic forms. He has published over ten books of poetry, most recently Reel to Reel (2014), Night of the Republic (2012), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize, and Old War (2008), winner of the Ambassador Book Award.

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Paul Otremba Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Paul Otremba gave an enthralling reading of poems from his second book, Pax Americana, at the Summer 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.



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Paul Otremba was the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as the Amanda Davis Returning Fellow. He is the author of two poetry collections, The Currency (Four Way Books, 2009), and Pax Americana (Four Way Books, 2015). His poems, reviews, and criticism have appeared in New England Review (25.3), Kenyon Review, Witness, Literary Imagination, Southwest Review, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, Poetry Daily, and American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics. He is assistant professor of creative writing at Rice University and serves on the editorial panel of NER.


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Tom Sleigh Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Unknown-2On August 14, 2015, Tom Sleigh read from Station Zed (Graywolf Press, 2015) in the Little Theatre at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Sleigh is the author of ten books of poetry, including Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Space Walk, which received the Kingsley Tufts Award. Widely anthologized, his poems and prose appear in the New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Yale Review, Threepenny, the Village Voice, and other magazines, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology.

He is a Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn. During the last eight years, he has also worked as a journalist in Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, and Libya.



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Terrance Hayes Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes read from his recent work at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 20, 2015.



Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 12.57.29 PMTerrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His other honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015) is his most recent collection of poems.


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Peter Mountford Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Fiction author Peter Mountford read at the Summer 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 13, 2015. The micro-essay “Around the Corner” was originally published on The Open Bar, a Tin House blog.



Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 11.36.05 AMPeter Mountford‘s second novel, The Dismal Science (2014, Tin House Books) was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and a finalist for the 2015 Washington State Book Award in Fiction. For his work on The Dismal Science, he was awarded a 4Culture Grant, a grant from the city of Seattle, and the Corporation of Yaddo’s Wallace Fellowship for a Distinguished Writer.

Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. Since graduating from the University of Washington’s MFA program in 2006, Mountford’s work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times MagazineGrantaBest New American Voices 2008, and more. He teaches and is the events curator at Hugo House, Seattle’s writing center.


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Sally Keith Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Poet Sally Keith, faculty leader at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, read from Riverhouse (Milkweed Editions, 2015), her collection of poems about the death of her mother.


Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 12.39.19 PMSally Keith is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Fact of the MatterDesign, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Her poetry appears in NER 33.2 and 24.4, as well as her essay “The Spirit of the Beehive” in our online series, Confluences.  She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Conference and teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

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Brando Skyhorse Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Unknown-1Brando Skyhorse gave a delightful and unusual reading from his recent work at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where he was the recipient of the Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction.

His debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross, and Can Serrat, Spain, and was the 2014-2015 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Residence at George Washington University.


Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers’ Workshop at University of California, Irvine. A full-time visiting assistant professor in creative writing at Wesleyan University, his latest book, Take This Man: A Memoir, is available in paperback.


Margaree Little Reads at Bread Loaf

molly-littleMargaree Little gave a moving reading of two poems at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 14, 2015, where she was the John Ciardi Scholar in Poetry. The first poem included in this reading, “The Visit,” was published in NER 33.3. The second, “Revision,” was included in the Missouri Review‘s Vol. 35.3 in 2012.

Little’s first collection, Rest, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2018. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, New England Review, Missouri Review, Southern Review, and Quarterly West, among other journals. She lives in Tucson.


Mid-Week Break | Luis Alberto Urrea Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

Luis Alberto Urrea recounts an excerpt of his story “The Southside Raza Image Federation, Corps of Discovery,” from memory with no notes at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The story appears in his 2015 collection The Water Museum.



Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of sixteen books. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Urrea’s awards include the Edgar Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the American Book Award, and the Lannan Literary Award, among others. His novel Into the Beautiful North was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Big Read selection. More than fifty cities and colleges have used one of Urrea’s books as a “community read.” Urrea teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available for free on iTunesU. Want to hear more? Visit the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Website.

Mid-week Break | Peter Ho Davies Reads at Bread Loaf

2006 smiling photoPeter Ho Davies reads his short story “What You Know” at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

“What You Know”

Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. His work has appeared in Harpers, Atlantic Monthly, and Paris Review, among others, and his short fiction has been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its “Best of Young British Novelists,” and he was a 2008 recipient of the Pen/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now lives in the US. He teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Michigan.

All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available on iTunesU. To hear more, please visit the Bread Loaf website.