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Pam Houston Reads at Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference

PamHoustonAuthor Pam Houston read her short story, “Maggie on the Road,” at the 2015 Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference.

Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012.  She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat; a novel, Sight Hound; and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Prize Stories, the 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century.  She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award, and multiple teaching awards. She directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, teaches in the Institute of American Arts Low Residency MFA Program, is professor of English at the University of California, Davis, and teaches at numerous writers’ conferences both here and abroad.

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Geoffrey Brock Reads at Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference

Geoffrey BrockOn June 4, 2016, poet and translator Geoffrey Brock captivated the audience at the second annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference as he read from his translations of Patrizia Cavalli’s poetry and from his book Voices Bright Flags (Waywiser Press, 2016), winner of the Ninth Anthony Hecht Prize. Brock’s poetry and translations have appeared in NER 19.3, 21.3, and 25.1-2.

In addition to Voices Bright Flags, Brock is the author of the poetry collection Weighing Light, the editor of The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, and the translator of books by Cesare Pavese, Umberto Eco, Roberto Calasso, Italo Calvino, and others. He is the recipient of translation awards from the Modern Languages Association, the PEN Center USA, the American Translators Association, and Poetry magazine, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas.

Patritzi Cavalli (English and Italian)


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Angela Torres Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

UnknownAngela Narciso Torres gave an insightful poetry reading from Blood Orange (Willow Books, 2013) at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where she was the 2015 Stanley P. Young Fellow in Poetry. Blood Orange won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry.

Torres, a reader for NER, has poetry in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals, as well as in Spoon River Poetry Review and Kyoto Journal. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO.


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Ricardo Nuila Reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Unknown-1Ricardo Nuila gave a stirring reading of his work at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is the 2015 recipient of the first annual New England Review Award for Emerging Writers, and he attended the conference as the first New England Review Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholar. His short fiction appeared in NER‘s Vol. 35.1.

Dr. Ricardo Nuila is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a hospitalist and teaches internal medicine and medical humanities. His fiction, essays, and reporting have appeared in Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Atlantic, New England ReviewThe New England Journal of Medicine, and other publications.


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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.