New England Review Faculty and Alumni Readings
Saturday, June 4, 2:30 p.m.
Middlebury College: Axinn Center at Starr Library, Room 229

A gathering of Middlebury faculty and alumni writers read from their work for Reunion Weekend: David Haward Bain, lecturer in English and American literatures; Michael R. Katz, C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies; John Canaday ’83; Sophia Healy ’61; Eleanor Henderson ’01; and Emily Mitchell ’97.

DAVID HAWARD BAIN has taught creative writing in the Department of English and American Literatures at Middlebury for twenty-four years, and has been affiliated with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in varying capacities since 1980. He has published six nonfiction books (Sitting in Darkness received a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award; Empire Express was a New York Times Notable Book; and Bitter Waters is forthcoming from Overlook Press in August).

JOHN CANADAY (1983) won a Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his first book of poems, The Invisible World; he is also the author of a critical study, The Nuclear Muse: Literature, Physics, and the First Atomic Bombs. He has recently completed work on a collection of poems (called Critical Assembly) in the voices of the men and women—scientists, spouses, laborers, military personnel, and locals—involved in the Manhattan Project. His poems have appeared in New England Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Slate, and Raritan, among other journals and anthologies.

SOPHIA HEALY (1961) was born in Middlebury in 1938. She attended Oberlin, Middlebury, Yale, and Bennington. Sophia taught drawing and papermaking at Bennington College from 1968 until 1982, when she resigned to work at Trout Paper, the handmade paper workshop she founded in 1979. More recently she has taught drawing and sculpture in Mexico and Brazil. Her works of art have been exhibited internationally. In 1986 Atlantic Monthly Press brought out her first novel, Lone Stars, which has since been reprinted in paperback. Her book of poems in Ur-deutsch, Fluss Herumwandern, and her third novel, The Robber Girl, were published by Li-Sever in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Gobli, Herr Essl, and Friends, a collection of stories and poems, will be published in Germany in 2012.

ELEANOR HENDERSON (2001) received her B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury and her M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Virginia (2005). She is the author of the novel Ten Thousand Saints, and her short stories have appeared in such journals as Agni, North American Review, Ninth Letter, and Columbia, as well as in The Best American Short Stories 2009. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she was the chair of the fiction board, and in Poets & Writers, where she was a contributing editor. An assistant professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York.

MICHAEL R. KATZ is C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies. He graduated from Williams College and received his M.A. and D. Phil. from Oxford University in Russian. He taught at Williams College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Middlebury College, where he also served a Dean of Languages and Schools Abroad. He has written two books: one on the Russian literary ballad and the other on dreams in ninteenth-century Russian fiction. He has translated twelve Russian novels into English, including works by Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. He is currently working on “counter-stories” by Tolstoy’s wife and son written in response to Leo Tolstoy’s controversial tale “The Kreuzter Sonata.”

EMILY MITCHELL (1997) is the author of The Last Summer of the World (Norton), which was a finalist for the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, TriQuarterly, and Agni. Her review-essays have been published in the New Statesman and the New York Times. She teaches creative writing in the Northeast Ohio M.F.A. program at Cleveland State University. She is working on a second novel and a collection of short stories.

The authors’ books and copies of NEW ENGLAND REVIEW will be available for purchase and signing after the event.


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