Students perform 'NER Out Loud'


'NER OUT LOUD' will feature Middlebury College students from Oratory Now delivering live readings poetry and prose from the New England Review on Friday, Nov. 8 at the MAC. Stay for a reception with “S’more Readings” after the show. Photo by Todd Balfour

MIDDLEBURY — Similar to Public Radio International’s “Selected Shorts,” students from Middlebury College’s Oratory Now will read selections from the New England Review (NER) literary magazine in the sixth annual live performance of “NER Out Loud” on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Mahaney Arts Center. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with student writers. Both events are free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be offered.

“The combination of New England Review’s content — a rich selection of new poetry and prose — and Oratory Now’s energy and commitment to oral expression, makes for a dynamic and always-surprising live performance,” said Carolyn Kuebler, editor of New England Review. “Every year we can’t wait to hear what new layers will be revealed from the texts when these students, coached by Middlebury’s Dana Yeaton, take the stage and make the words their own.” The annual live performance has evolved to include a podcast version of “NER Out Loud” — a student-led project that offers readings from NER year-round, available at nereview.com/the-podcast.

This year’s readers and selections for the live program will include: Dave Anderson ’19.5 reading “Breathe” by Jerald Walker; Steph Miller ’20 reading “Protozoa” by Ella Martinsen Gorham, edited and directed by Cole Merrell ’21; Max Padilla ’22 reading “Caterpillars” by Rosaleen Bertolino; Roni Lezama ’22 reading “Last Sundays at Bootleggers” by Carlos Andrés Gómez; Cole Merrell ’21 reading “For You” by Aleš Šteger; and Kamari Williams ’23 reading “Still Still Still” by Matthew Lippman. All of the selections were originally published by New England Review.

In a post-show “S’more Readings” reception, student writers will read from their own recent work and present a variety of campus literary publications. Attendees will be invited to enjoy s’more-themed treats while listening to the readings in the lobby and browsing an assortment of literary magazines.

Come for a listen on Friday evening in the Dance Theatre of theMAC. The reception will take place in the lobby immediately following the performance. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or visit go.middlebury.edu/arts.

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