Since its initiation in 1981, the Poet-in-Residence program has brought writers of national and international renown for an extended stay during the spring semester. The Poet-in-Residence teaches a master class for qualified students, gives a public reading and a lecture or Q&A session, and otherwise serves as an active presence on campus. The program honors the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with that poet.

Among our recent Poets-In-Residence are Natasha Trethewey, Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes and Dean Young. See below for a full list of former Poets-in-Residence.

Poets are chosen by invitation only; the Stadler Center does not accept applications for this position.

Current Poet-in-Residence

Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell

Related Events

  • Poetry Reading on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.
  • A Conversation and Q&A with the Poet on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Noon in Walls Lounge.

Both events are FREE and open to the public.


Chase Twichell has published seven books of poetry: Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems, Dog Language, The Snow Watcher, The Ghost of Eden, Perdido, The Odds, and Northern Spy. She is also the translator, with Tony K. Stewart, of The Lover of God by Rabindranath Tagore, and co-editor of The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach.

Twichell is the winner of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award (2011) and the recipient of many honors and fellowships. After teaching for many years (Warren Wilson College, The University of Alabama, Goddard College, Hampshire College, and Princeton University), she left academia to start Ausable Press, a not-for-profit publisher of poetry which was acquired by Copper Canyon press in 2009.

She lives in upstate New York and Miami with her husband, the novelist Russell Banks.

Recent Poets-in-Residence

2013-14 Dean Young
2012-13 Terrance Hayes
2011-12 Mark Doty
2010-11 Natasha Trethewey
2009-10 Tim Seibles
2008-09 Nance Van Winckel
2007-08 James Harms
2006-07 Marilyn Chin
2005-06 Carol Frost
2004-05 Michael Waters
2003-04 Liliana Ursu
2002-03 Sonia Sanchez
2001-02 Betsy Sholl
2000-01 John Haines
1999-00 Linda Gregg
1998-99 Peggy Shumaker
1997-98 Tess Gallagher
1996-97 Afaa M. Weaver


1995-96 William Matthews
1994-95 Bruce Smith
1993-94 Gerald Stern
1992-93 Molly Peacock
1991-92 Colette Inez
1990-91 Louis Simpson
1989-90 Jean Valentine
1988-89 Irving Feldman
1987-88 Madeline DeFrees
1986-87 Wendell Berry
1985-86 Mary Oliver
1984-85 Karl Shapiro
1983-84 Hayden Carruth
1982-83 Maxine Kumin
1981-82 Carolyn Kizer


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