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Midweek Break | Melinda Moustakis Reads at Bread Loaf

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melind_3__1Melinda Moustakis reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her story, “What You Can Endure,” appears in NER 32.1.

Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories

Melinda Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and raised in California. Her debut collection, Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories (University of Georgia Press, 2011) won the Flannery O’ Connor Award in Short Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her story “They Find the Drowned” won a PEN/O.Henry award.

Her work has also appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She was named a 5 Under 35 writer by the National Book Foundation and was a Hodder Fellow at The Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University. She received a 2014 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship and is a 2014-2016 Kenyon Review Fellow in Fiction at Kenyon College.

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

Midweek Break | Randall Kenan Reads at Bread Loaf

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Randall Kenan is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. The author of A Visitation of Spirits (1989), Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (1999), and The Fire This Time (2007), and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead (1992), Kenan has been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among the New York Times Notable Books of 1992. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the 1997 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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

Mid-Week Break | Tarfia Faizullah Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

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Tarfia Faizullah reads her poems at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference:

“I Told the Water”

“Interviewer’s Note”

Tarfia Faizullah Author PhotoBangladeshi-American poet, editor, and educator Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in west Texas. She received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Seam (SIU 2014). Her honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, as well as scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf, Kenyon Review, Sewanee, and Vermont Studio Center. Her poems appear in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Oxford American, Ploughshares, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and have been anthologized in Best New Poets 2013 (Meridian), The Book of Scented Things (Rose O’Neill Literary House Press), Please Excuse this Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation (Viking/Penguin), and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (University of Southern Carolina Press). Recent prose appears in LA Review of Books, Poetry Foundation, and Necessary Fiction. She lives in Detroit where she co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available on iTunes U. Want to hear more? Visit the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference website.

Midweek Break | David Baker Reads at Bread Loaf

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David Baker reads his poems at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

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“Simile” was first published in NER 32.2.

“Magnolia,” from Southwest Review.

David Baker is author or editor of sixteen books of poetry and criticism, including Scavenger Loop (W. W. Norton) and Never-Ending Birds (W. W. Norton), for which he was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. Other honors include fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Society of Midland Authors, Poetry Society of America, Mellon Foundation, and others. He holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University and teaches regularly in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. He is poetry editor of Kenyon Review. 

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

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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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.