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Mid-Week Break: Ted Conover Reads at Bread Loaf

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tedconoverTed Conover, who has told stories for The Moth, brought his storytelling skills to Bread Loaf 2013, reading from his article, “The Way of All Flesh” (Harper’s, May 2013). To research “The Way of All Flesh,” Conover became a USDA meat inspector and worked at a Cargill beef slaughterhouse in Nebraska.

Conover is the author of five books of participatory nonfiction, most recently The Routes of Man, about roads, and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, an account of ten months he spent working as a corrections officer at Sing Sing Prison. Newjack won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other books are WhiteoutCoyotes, and Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes.

Conover contributes to the New York Times Magazine,  New Yorker, and Harper’s, and teaches at NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Emilia Phillips Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

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13_04_phillips_emilia_edit-ep_cropEmilia Philips read her poems “Terratoma” and “Latent Print” at the 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and two chapbooks. Her poems appear in Agni, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, the prose editor of 32 Poems, and a staff member of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

“Terratoma”

 

“Latent Print”

 

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

Jennifer Chang Reads at Bread Loaf

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jchangJennifer Chang reads at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

“There Are Too Many Other Birds to Write About”

“The Strangers” was originally published at The Rumpus.

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of AnonymityHer poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, The Nation, A Public Space, The Rumpus, and Best American Poetry 2012, and she has reviewed poetry for The Believer, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Natasha Trethewey Reading at Bread Loaf

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informalauthorphoto-1Natasha Trethewey has been a frequent contributor to NER since 1999, including work in issues 20.2,  22.4,  23.4,  25.4,  27.2,  30.4, and 32.3. Her poems “Genus Narcissus” and “Elegy” are available in full on our website.

She is the 19th United States Poet Laureate and the author of Thrall (2012), Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002), which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association, and Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000). She is also the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (University of Georgia Press). A memoir is forthcoming in 2013.

Trethewey read from her book of poetry Thrall at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 19, 2012.

“Elegy”

“Mano Prieta”

“Enlightenment”

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

 

Scott Russell Sanders Reads at Bread Loaf

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scottrussellsandersScott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. The best of his essays from the past thirty years, plus nine new essays, are collected in Earth Works, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.

An excerpt from Scott Russell Sanders reading his essay “The Way of Imagination” (The Georgia Review) at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

 

Ramona Ausubel Reading at Bread Loaf

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DSC_0247Ramona Ausubel is the author of No One is Here Except All of Us, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post. Her most recent book, A Guide to Being Born, is a collection of short stories.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, One Story, The Best American Fantasy and shortlisted in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading.

Ausubel read an excerpt from her novel No One Is Here Except All of Us at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 20, 2012.

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

 

Gary Jackson Reads at Bread Loaf

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garyjacksonBorn and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Tin House, Phoebe, The Laurel Review, The Normal School, Tuesday, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and a Bread Loaf Fellowship. An MFA graduate from the University of New Mexico, Jackson currently teaches at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, and at the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University in Kentucky. He is a contributing poetry editor at Catch Up: A journal of comics and literature, and has been a fierce lover of comics for over twenty years.

Listen to Gary Jackson read from his book of poetry Missing You, Metropolis at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference:

“Nightcrawler Buys a Woman a Drink”

“Emergency”

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Robert Cohen Reading at Bread Loaf

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Robert Cohen reads a short story at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 14, 2010.

“Our Time with the Pirates”

“Our Time with the Pirates”

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Robert Cohen is the author of Amateur Barbarians, as well as three previous novels, The Organ Builder, The Here and Now, and Inspired Sleep, and a collection of short stories. Winner of a Lila Acheston Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers Award, the Ribalow Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Award, he has published short fiction in a variety of publications–including Harpers, GQ, The Paris Review and Ploughshares. He has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Harvard University, and Middlebury College. He lives in Vermont.

Nicky Beer Reading at Bread Loaf

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Nicky Beer reads her poems at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, August 19, 2011.

“Avuncularity” and “Cardinal Virtue”

“Avuncularity” and “Cardinal Virtue”

(Poems from The Diminishing HouseCarnegie Mellon, 2010.)

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House, winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her second book of poems, The Octopus Game, will be published in 2014. Her awards include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a Discovery/The Nation award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver.

Reginald Dwayne Betts reads his work at Bread Loaf

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Reginald Dwayne Betts reads his poems at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, August 15, 2011.

“What We Know of Horses”

“Horses”

“After, Again,” for the poet’s wife, Terese Betts

“After, again”

“A Head Full of Feathers”

“a head full of feathers”

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and father of two sons. The author of the memoir, A Question of Freedom (Avery/Penguin 2009) and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010), Betts has been awarded fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, the Open Society Institute, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Warren Wilson College. As a poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society.