Administrative Staff

Shara McCallum, Director

Shara McCallumShara McCallum is the author of four books of poetry: The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2011), This Strange Land (Alice James Books, 2011, a finalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature), Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), and The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry). Her poems have appeared in journals, anthologies, and textbooks in the US, the UK, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and have been translated into Spanish and Romanian. Her personal essays have been published in The Antioch Review, Creative Nonfiction, Witness, and elsewhere.

For her poetry, she has received a number of awards and fellowships, including a 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Cave Canem Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and others.

At Bucknell, she serves as Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and Professor of English.

Andrew Ciotola, Program Manager

Andrew CiotolaCiotola received his BA from Gettsyburg College, where he graduated with honors in English literature, and his MA in English from Bucknell University. As operations manager, he oversees the daily business of the Stadler Center.

He is also the managing editor and book review editor for West Branch, Bucknell's nationally distinguished literary journal. A native of New York state, Ciotola is a longtime resident of Central Pennsylvania.

Justin Boening, Stadler Fellow 2013–15 (Second Year)

Born in the Adirondacks, Justin Boening is the author of Self-Portrait as Missing Person, which was selected by Dara Wier for the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship. His poems have appeared in The Atlas Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, and St. Petersburg Review, among others.

Winner of the 2014 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, he has received fellowships and awards from Summer Literary Seminars, Vermont Studio Center, and Columbia University's School of the Arts. Currently, Boening works as an associate editor for Poetry Northwest. In the summer, he teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia University's Summer High School Program.

Chet'la Sebree, Stadler Fellow 2014–15 (First Year)

Chet'la Sebree Chet'la Sebree is a native of the Mid-Atlantic region. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University in Washington, DC, where she also taught freshman composition.

While living in the nation's capital, she was a 2011-2012 Folger Shakespeare Theater Lannan Fellow and worked for both Poet Lore and 491 Magazine. She was a 2013 finalist for the Hub City Writers House Nine-Month Residency in South Carolina.

She is currently working on her first manuscript.

G. C. Waldrep, Editor, West Branch and Director, Seminar for Younger Poets

Waldrep is the author of Goldbeater's Skin (winner of the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry), Disclamor (2007), Archicembalo (2009, winner of the Dorset Prize), and, with John Gallaher, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (2011). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Harper's, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, New England Review, New American Writing, and other journals. His work has been featured in Best American Poetry 2010, the second edition of Norton's Postmodern American Poetry, and two Pushcart Prize anthologies. With Ilya Kaminsky he co-edited Homage to Paul Celan (2011) a volume of critical and creative responses to Celan's life and work, and with Joshua Corey he co-edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (2012).

His work has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, the Campbell Corner Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He was a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Literature. Waldrep has taught at Kenyon College, Deep Springs College, and the University of Iowa.

He currently teaches creative writing at Bucknell, where he also edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.

Associated Faculty and Staff

Christopher Camuto, Associated Faculty

Christopher CamutoCamuto is the author of four works of non-fiction — A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge (1990), Another Country: Journeying Towards the Cherokee Mountains (1997), Hunting from Home: A Year Afield in the Blue Ridge Mountains (2003), and Time and Tide in Acadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island (2009) — and numerous essays.

He lives on Wolftree Farm where he manages an 80-acre eco-restoration project about which he is writing in Works & Days: Notes on a Woodland Farm. He is also at work on a memoir about travel in southern Italy and Siciliy, a meditation on the relation of pre-Socratic philosophy and landscape, as well as two volumes of verse — A Hunter's Book of Hours and Learning to Travel.

He joined the faculty of Bucknell in 2004.

Paula Closson Buck, Associated Faculty

Paula Closson BuckPaula Closson Buck is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa (1998) and Litanies Near Water (2008), both from Louisiana State University Press. She has published poems in such journals as Agni, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review and has earned three individual artist fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has completed a first novel and is at work on a second, as well as on a book-length memoir.

In addition to teaching at Bucknell University as professor of English, for eleven years she edited West Branch, the nationally distributed literary magazine published out of Bucknell's Stadler Center for Poetry.

Carmen Gillespie, Associated Faculty

Carmen Gillespie Carmen Gillespie is a professor of English and director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies. In addition to article and poem publications, she is the author of the scholarly works A Critical Companion to Toni Morrison (2007), A Critical Companion to Alice Walker (2011), and the Editor of Toni Morrison: Forty Years in The Clearing, 1970-2010 (2012). Carmen has also published a poetry chapbook, Lining the Rails (2008) and a poetry collection, Jonestown: A Vexation, which won the 2011 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize.

Carmen's awards include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, for Excellence in Poetry, and grants from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Essence named Carmen one of its 40 favorite poets in commemoration of the magazine's 40th anniversary.

Deirdre O'Connor, Associate Director, Seminar for Younger Poets

O'Connor's book, Before the Blue Hour, was the winner of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize for 2001. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, The American Journal of Nursing, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Poetry and other journals. A native of Pittsburgh, O'Connor holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University.

She directs Bucknell's Writing Center.

Derek Palacio, Associated Faculty

Derek PalacioDerek Palacio holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Ohio State University. His short fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol and the Kenyon Review, and his story "Sugarcane" was selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013. His novella, How to Shake the Other Man, was published by Nouvella Books in spring 2013. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a non-profit creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. Currently, he is working on his first novel. 

Robert Rosenberg, Associated Faculty

Robert Rosenberg is Associate Professor of English and teaches fiction courses at Bucknell. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, and has taught in both Istanbul and the White Mountain Apache Reservation. His short fiction has appeared in Witness, Cimarron Review, and Copper Nickel.

His novel, This Is Not Civilization (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), was a Borders Original Voices, a BookSense, and a New York Times Paperback Row selection. He has recently finished a novel set in Istanbul, for which he was awarded a 2010 NEA Literature Fellowship. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in New Delhi, India, where conducted research for a new novel.

Claire Watkins, Associated Faculty

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn, winner of the Story Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Battleborn was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and NPR.org.

Claire was selected as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013 and elsewhere. Claire is the co-director of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

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