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.

Chet'la Sebree, Stadler Fellow 2014-16 (Second 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, 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 Poet Lore. <p/p>

Recently, she judged the 2015 Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Poetry Contest and joined the Duke Youth Program's summer faculty in their W.R.I.T.E. program. Her work can be found in jubilat and is forthcoming elsewhere.

She is currently working on her first manuscript.

Emily Goodman Means, Stadler Fellow 2015-17 (First Year)

Emily Goodman Means

Emily Goodman Means holds an MFA from Brown University, where she taught undergraduate poetry workshops. Her poems appear in Lana Turner, The New Delta Review, The Berkley Review and The Black Warrior Review. She is a co-founder and co-editor of A Perimeter.

G.C. Waldrep

G. C. Waldrep, Editor, West Branch

G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), a collaboration with John Gallaher; The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey; and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). BOA Editions will release a long poem, Testament, in 2015. 

Waldrep’s work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, New England Review, New American Writing, Harper’s, Tin House, Verse, and many other journals, as well as in Best American Poetry 2010 and Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry. Waldrep has received prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets as well as the Colorado Prize, the Dorset Prize, the Campbell Corner Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.

Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University, 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.

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 he conducted research for a new novel.


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