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The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College sponsors a series of Bread Loaf Anthologies, as well as the annual Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction for authors who have not previously published a book.

2000 Bakeless Prize Winners

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Given Ground
Ann Pancake
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Everlasting Quail
Sam Witt
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Penitent, with Roses:
An HIV+ Mother Reflects

Paula W. Peterson
Bakeless Prize Winners

Mary Jo Bang
Apology for Want

Winner of the 1996 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry.

“‘Who wouldn’t have grown into longing?’ Mary Jo Bang asks in her startling first book. In the country of these poems desire is the initiating subject and words are the coinage of the realm. ‘Why indelible hunger?’ she asks, ‘Why insatiable need?’ To address—to encounter— these questions this poet has created her own stealthy syntax of the heart’s expansions and contractions, its resistances and leave-takings, its oracular warnings and necessary returns. Apology for Want is, among other things, both an apology and an apologia for desire. It is dark, inventive, and unabashed.”—Edward Hirsch, Judge

Adria Bernardi
The Day Laid on the Altar

Winner of the 1999 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Fiction.

“Spare, elegant, passionate, and brilliant, The Day Laid on the Altar, like Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower, drops us deftly into the heart of another time and place. Throughout several decades of the 16th century, in Venice, Florence, and a mountain village, the struggle to make art and life and wonder out of the bleakness, plague, and hunger streams through characters ranging from an unlettered, visionary shepherd to the painter Titian, his family, and his servants. Adria Bernardi inhabits with equal grace the hearts and minds of men and women, knaves and saints, and artists and beggars, and in the process has made a novel as moving and precisely detailed as any of the paintings she so beautifully describes.”—Andrea Barrett, Judge

Judy Doenges
What She Left Me: Stories and a Novella

Winner of the 1998 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Fiction.

“A first collection by a writer whose keen sense of how the emotions operate enables her to startle the reader on many fronts.”—New York Times Book Review, Notable Book of the Year

Jill Alexander Essbaum

Winner of the 1999 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry.

“Only the best writers put us right at the site of myth and thus assert, for us, our right to be part of the beginning and end of any world, any heaven. That Jill Alexander Essbaum does it so quietly, so delicately, and puts herself, and us, at the center of Heaven itself leads me only to envy. For how else can one convincingly transcend the domestic? There is simply no self-congratulation in these poems. Just a graceful, magical way of taking oneself—and one’s bare uncertainties—for granted.”—Agha Shahid Ali, Judge

Chris Forhan
Forgive Us Our Happiness

Co-winner of the 1998 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry.

“While many young poets arrive barely hatched from their apprenticeship cocoons, others simply appear in the tree, singing, like some new species of bird. Chris Forhan is that second kind of creature, and the voice in these poems—at once wry, plaintive, self-chastising, inventive, innocent and wise—never fails to compel and to surprise. How—why should one resist such songs?”—Ellen Bryant Voigt, Judge

Katherine L. Hester
Eggs for Young America

Winner of the 1996 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Fiction.

“A symbol of both rebirth and fragility, the egg is the perfect emblem for this collection of lost souls, who manage to be both desperate and full of hope. Hester explores the intricacies of their emotional lives with a sensitivity that borders on reverence.”—Publishers Weekly

Joyce Hinnefeld
Tell Me Everything and Other Stories

Winner of the 1997 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Fiction.

“I’m dazzled by Hinnefeld’s dexterity and insights. Her debut collection of short fiction is vigorous yet concentrated, full of surprises and still perfectly controlled. How powerful language is, she shows, and yet how often it fails us; how easy it is to break a promise, to hang up a phone, to drift off into silence. These stories take as their starting point the precarious connections that bind women to women and women to men, and they go beyond these connections to explore the refuge of private consciousness. This is a beautiful and wise collection, with no wasted words.”—Joanna Scott, Judge

m. loncar
66 galaxie: poems

Winner of the 1997 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry.

“A car-culture quest-romance told in playful visual and prosodic rondos, jump-cut images in collision with poignant sentiments. And the generous white spaces around the relatively sparse poems gives off the two-fold impression that there is not only the vast American landscape out there but also a staccato, fast-paced soundtrack as well. Yet, the entirety of the book is itself its longest poem, a collage of vernacular and contemporary writing at its best—full of wit, brio, and loneliness. In 66 galaxie, Quentin Tarantino meets e.e. cummings in the first American epic haiku noir.”—Garrett Hongo, Judge

Kevin Oderman
How Things Fit Together: Fifteen Essays

Winner of the 1999 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Nonfiction.

“Although the universe holds together faithfully, our own precious lives seem to scatter like blown leaves. How to bind up one’s memories, yearnings, travels, scraps of knowledge, loves and lamentations into a coherent whole? That is Kevin Oderman’s great theme in these compelling essays. He joins piece to piece with a poet’s feel for elegant language and a carpenter’s feel for sturdy joints. He’s at ease outdoors as well as indoors—fishing in rivers as well as books, hunting in the wilds as well as museums. While Oderman writes of his private journeys in search of coherence, he also invites his readers to think about the fissures and patterns in their own lives.”—Scott Russell Sanders, Judge

Daniel Tobin
Where the World Is Made

Co-winner of the 1998 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry.

“Poetry began in story, and Daniel Tobin’s poems remind us of that beginning with its deep connections to ritual and to the tribe. A musical Bildungsroman, Where the World is Made explores the seen and unseen, the physical and the metaphysical, in poems of great clarity, precision, and intelligence. This is a mind that remains skeptical without being cynical, and a first book of remarkable authority.”—Ellen Bryant Voigt, Judge

Bread Loaf Anthologies

Michael Collier, editor
The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference has a tradition of encouraging and supporting the most promising new and young writers in America. In The New American Poets, Michael Collier puts into published form the results of this honorable, important, and successful tradition with selections from over fifty poets representing a wide range of schools, styles, and voices. Poets included are those under forty or those who have published a first book in the last five years. The inspired result is the first, most comprehensive collection of its kind.

Michael Collier and Stanley Plumly, editors
The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry

A galaxy of writers epitomizes the state of American poetry at the century’s close.

“Perhaps the best single volume of contemporary poetry now available—a superb introduction for the new reader and a splendid handbook for the poet and critic.”—Library Journal

Robert Pack, Sydney Lea, and Jay Parini, editors
The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry

English-Speaking Union Ambassador of Honor Book (1985). “In a class by itself, offering new work by 72 mature poets . . . For fresh strong work by recognized living poets, get the Bread Loaf, and buy subsequent volumes as they appear”—Beloit Poetry Journal

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, editors
American Identities: Contemporary Multicultural Voices

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, editors
Introspections: American Poets on One of Their Own Poems

Fifty-five essays by major American poets reflecting on their own work.

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, editors
Poems for a Small Planet: Contemporary American Nature Poetry

Eight-three poets forge a vision of nature for the post-industrial age.

“How do poets respond to the destruction of nature now that so much of the earth has been polluted, paved, malled, mined, and littered? . . . Poets Pack and Parini have collected 250 poems about nature, written over the last decade by 83 American poets. All these works dovetail seamlessly into the great tradition of nature poetry, in spite of their awareness of grim, industrial reality. [In] this rich anthology . . . Amy Clampitt writes of fertility; William Matthews chants extinctions; and Gary Snyder, David Huddle, Dave Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera, and others celebrate, mourn, and ponder our place in the world and the world’s place in our soul”—Booklist.

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, editors
Touchstones: American Poets on a Favorite Poem

“[Touchstones is] a clever volume in which each of 59 American poets writes an essay on a single favorite poem....Given the nature of the work, the professional and the personal inevitably mintle, making for some truly interesting and illuminating pieces.”—Publishers Weekly

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, editors
Writers on Writing

Other Bread Loaf Publications

John Engels
Walking to Cootehill: New and Selected Poems, 1958–1992

“Engels is no navel gazer, no hermetic aesthete, but a man who knows he has things to say and means to say them clearly . . . He has an unerring instinct for when to break a line or a stanza, an unerringly musical ear that lets him write line after line that sings like regular meter but virtually never is”—Booklist.

Donald Justice
A Donald Justice Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet displays his command of diverse voices and literary forms in these wide-ranging, often surprising selections—some never before collected. This exemplary book reflects four decades of writing by a master.

Alastair Reid
An Alastair Reid Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose

Being a foreigner, Reid writes, “is a condition that sharpens the eye and ear, that keeps awareness on its toes, and that takes nothing for granted.” In the poetry, essays, and translations gathered here, he trains that awareness on topics that range from language to agrarian life to sports.

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