“NER Out Loud” is a collaboration of the New England Review, the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and Oratory Now. In the tradition of NPR’s “Selected Shorts,” Middlebury student actors and orators read selections from the New England Review in a live performance. Students present poems, memoir, and short fiction from the pages of NER in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, lending their voices to the work on the page and bringing it to life for an audience of students, faculty, and community members. Each year the event also features students reading their own work in a “S’More Readings” reception, representing a variety of student-edited journals.
November 10, 2017
The fourth annual NER Out Loud event took place at the Dance Theatre at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. Live readings of prose and poetry from the New England Review, read by Middlebury College students from Oratory Now, were followed by readings from student magazines Blackbird and MiddGeo. Sign language interpretation by Trudy Gilbert. Photos from the event can be found HERE.
Pele Voncujovi ’19
Reading “Origin Story” by Kazim Ali
Sam Martin ’19
Reading “Take Stock” by Clarence Orsi
Paige Guarino ’18.5
Reading “Philomath” by Devon Walker-Figueroa
Nia Robinson ’19
Reading “The Doll Family” by Rosaleen Bertolino
Dominick Tanoh ’18
Reading “Horn of Plenty” by Paisley Rekdal
Amanda Whiteley ’19
Reading “War Stories” by David Heronry
The performance was followed by S’More Readings, with readings from student magazines and dessert.
February 24, 2017
The February 2017 program, held in the Dance Theatre, included Ellen Colton ’19 (reading Alison Stagner’s “Midnight”), Josh Espy ’17 (reading Maciej Milkowski’s “The Week of German Cinema”), Jabari Matthew ’17 (reading Cortney Lamar Charleston’s “Still Life…”), Steven Medina ’17 (reading Alex McElroy’s “Endure”), Melanie Rivera ’19 (reading Alia Volz’s “Chasing Arrows”), and Nia Robinson ’19 (reading Franny Choi’s “The Price of Rain”). Student publications featured at the S’More Readings reception included Blackbird, Frame, and Translingual . LISTEN HERE.
The second annual “NER Out Loud,” in the Robison Concert Hall, featured Sally Seitz ’17, reading “The Red Painter” by Penelope Cray, a Vermont author who attended the reading; Alexander Burnett ’16, reading a “Rediscovery” from 1870 by Henry Reed Stiles, titled “To Bundle or to Tarry”; Mariah Levin ‘16.5, reading the poem “High School in Suzhou” by Cate Marvin; Kathleen Gudas ‘16.5, reading from the short story “Forty-Two” by Lisa Taddeo; Melanie Rivera ’19, reading the poem “At the Tribunals” by Patrick Rosal; and August Rosenthal ’17, reading from the story “Eleven Girls” by David Ebenbach. ASL interpretation by Eliza Goodhue. At the “S’more Readings” reception, NER intern Isabelle Stillman ’16 welcomed the student magazines and readers. Student editors, who introduced their magazines, and in some cases read their own work, included Nicholas Kaye ’17 of Blackbird, Filippos Papageorgiou ’16 and Anthea Viragh ’16.5 of Middlebury Geographic, Natalie Figueroa ’18 and Maya Reich ’19 of Translingual, and Meg Daly ’18 and Wendy Walcoff ’16.5 of Frame. Other student writers who read were Christina Brook ’18, Anna Parker ’17.5, Naomi Eisenberg ’18, Lizzie Apple ’18, Taylor Scott Berkley ’16.5, Daria Cenedella ’18, and Samuel Wegner ’18. LISTEN HERE. Photos of the reception are available HERE.
The first NER Out Loud event took place on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in the Robison Concert Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Students readers were Kevin Benscheidt ’17 (reading Matthew Olzmann), Brenna Christensen ’17 (reading Kelli Russell Agodon), Caitlyn Duffy ’15.5 (reading Allegra Hyde), Cole Ellison ’17 (reading James Hoch), Jabari Matthew ’17 (reading Larry I. Palmer), Melissa MacDonald ’15 (reading Kate Lebo), and Sally Seitz ’17 (reading January Gill O’Neil). Eliza Goodhue provided ASL interpretation, side by side with the student orators, who remained on stage throughout the production. For more details and recordings of this event, LOOK AND LISTEN HERE.