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Charles Baxter Reads at Bread Loaf

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b695c060ada0e81deeecf110.L._V249535006_SL290_Charles Baxter is the author of, most recently, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon, 2011), and the forthcoming There’s Something I Want You to Do: a Decalogue, from which this audio is excerpted.

Baxter’s third novel, The Feast of Love (Pantheon, 2000), was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award and has been made into a film starring Morgan Freeman. He has also published essays on fiction collected in Burning Down the House (Graywolf Press, 2008) and The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot (Graywolf Press, 2007), and has edited several books of essays. Baxter’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic, New York Review of Books, and Harper’s, among other journals and magazines. His fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories seven times, eleven times in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and translated into many languages.

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

Carl Phillips Reads at Bread Loaf

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Carl Phillips reads from his book of poetry, Double Shadow, at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is a frequent contributor to NER, most recently with his essay “Beautiful Dreamer” in NER 35.2, and in 35.1 with his poems “Spring” and “By Force.”

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 August 19, 2012

Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Silverchest (2013), Double Shadow (2011), and Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (2007). His 2004 collection, The Rest of Love, won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. He is a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

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

Christopher Castellani Reads at Bread Loaf

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christopher-castellani-2012-by-woweAs we look forward to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference later this month, we can’t resist sharing this great read from last summer, when Christopher Castellani read from his novel, All This Talk of Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels published by Algonquin: All This Talk of Love (2013), New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award; The Saint of Lost Things (2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book; and A Kiss From Maddalena (2003), which won the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004.

Castellani is the artistic director of Grub Street and teaches fiction in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Boston, where he is working on a new novel and a collection of essays titled The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story? (Graywolf). He was recently awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for fiction.

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

Bruce Snider Reads at Bread Loaf

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Bruce Snider reads two of his poems from his book Paradise, Indiana at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on August 21, 2012.

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“Map”

“The Smoke”

Snider is the author of Paradise, Indiana, winner of the 2011 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, PoetryPloughshares, and Gettysburg Review. He was a Wallace Stegner fellow, a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and a Jenny McKean Moore Fellow at George Washington University. He currently teaches at the University of San Francisco.

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

Tomás Q. Morín Reads at Bread Loaf

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Tomas MorinTomás Q. Morín read his poems “Heretic That I Am,” “The Food Critic,” and “Laika,” at the 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Morín’s poetry collection, A Larger Country, was the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN Joyce/Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, and Narrative. He has been featured in NER multiple times, first in NER 32.2 with “Royal Silence” and “Red Herring,” and again in NER 33.2 with “Gold Record.”

“Heretic That I Am” was published in Threepenny Review.

 

“The Food Critic” was published in American Poetry Review.

 

“Laika” was published in Boulevard.

 

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

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.