Mid-Week Break

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.

 

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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.

Mid-Week Break | Roger Reeves Reads at Bread Loaf

Roger Reeves reads two poems from his 2013 debut book of poetry, King Me at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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“Cross Country”

“Romanticism (the Blue Keats)”

Roger Reeves was awarded a 2014-2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry ReviewBest American PoetryBoston ReviewPoetryPloughsharesTin House, and in the 2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at 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 | Tiphanie Yanique Reads at Bread Loaf

Tiphanie Yanique  reads from the opening of her novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead/Penguin, 2014) at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

debbie grossmanTiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf, 2010), the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands (Little Bell Caribbean, 2012), and the novel Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead/Penguin, 2014). Most recently, her novel Land of Love and Drowning won the First Novel Prize from the Center of Fiction. Previously, her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, the Wall Street Journal, and American Short Fiction. Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

Yanique grew in the Hospital Ground/Round da Field neighborhood of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She graduated from All Saints Cathedral School and the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra program. Both her mother and grandmother were librarians in the Virgin Islands. Yanique is now an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio Honors programs at the New School in New York City. She, her husband, son, and daughter split their time between Brooklyn and St. Thomas.

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

Mid-Week Break | A. Van Jordan Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

A. Van Jordan reads his poetry at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference:

“Notes from a Southpaw” 

A. Van JorA. Van Jordandan is the author of Rise (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (W. W. Norton & Co., 2005), which was awarded an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and listed as one of the Best Books of 2005 by the London Times, as well as Quantum Lyrics (2007) and The Cineaste, (W. W. Norton & Co., 2013). Jordan was also awarded a Whiting Writers Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artists Fellowship. He has served on the faculty of a number of institutions including The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan. He is currently at Rutgers University–Newark as the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor.

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 | Cara Blue Adams Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

Cara Blue Adams reads her fiction at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. 

Cara Blue Adams‘s stories have appeared in Narrative, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Kenyon Review, Epoch, and the Sun. Her essays and criticism appear in the Rumpus, Ploughshares, and The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2015). She has been cara%20bwawarded The Missouri Review William Peden Prize and The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, together with scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the VCCA, and she was recently named one of Narrative’s “15 Below 30.”

Raised in Putney, Vermont, Cara earned an MFA from the University of Arizona and went on to serve as editor of Southern Review. She now lives in Conway, SC, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Coastal Carolina University.

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

Mid-Week Break | Marianne Boruch Reads at Bread Loaf

Marianne Boruch reads her poems at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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“Progress”

“Mud Fest”

 

Marianne Boruch‘s eight poetry collections include Cadaver, Speak, and The Book of Hours, a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner (Copper Canyon Press). She’s also the author of two essay collections, In the Blue Pharmacy and Poetry’s Old Air, and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler about hitchhiking in the early 70’s.

Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, London Review of Books, American Poetry Review, The Nation and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as artist residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony, as well as at Isle Royale, our most isolated national park. A 2012 Fulbright/ Visiting Professor in Edinburgh, Scotland, she is the founding Director of Purdue University’s MFA program where she still teaches, in addition to teaching in the low residency Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Marianne’s work was first published in NER in 1990 (13.2) and 1994 (16.4) and her literary criticism “The End Inside It,” selected as a prose feature by Poetry Daily, appears in NER 33.2.

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 | Titi Nguyen Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

Titi Nguyen shares an excerpt from her piece “Because We Share Bodies” at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholar Reading.

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Titi Nguyen‘s essays have appeared in Threepenny Review, the New York TimesTin House blog, Paris Review Daily, Witness, and elsewhere. She earned her BA at Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA at Bennington College. She received Crab Orchard Review‘s inaugural Feature Award in Literary Nonfiction. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised in Massachusetts, Titi currently resides in New York City.

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