Cole Swensen

Q&A: Tuesday, Sept. 8 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)
Poetry Reading: Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Cole Swensen, photo by Carl Sokolow Cole Swensen, the 2015-16 Sojka Visiting Poet,is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, most recently Gravesend, several translations of French poetry, and a collection of essays on poetry, Noise That Stays Noise. A native of the San Francisco area, she has taught at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a professor in the literary arts program at Brown University. For more information:

Mark Brazaitis

Fiction Reading
Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Mark BrazitisMark Brazaitis is a professor of English at West Virginia University, where he directs the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he has won awards for several of his six books of fiction.

Harold Schweizer and G.C. Waldrep

Faculty Poetry Reading
Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Harold Schweizer Harold Schweizer has authored three books, most recently the collection of poetry The Book of Stones and Angels, and numerous articles on poetry, literary theory, and the medical humanities. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines.

G.C. Waldrep G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are a long poem, Testament, and the anthology The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, co-edited with Joshua Corey. He is the editor of West Branch and serves as Editor-At-Large for The Kenyon Review.

Paula Closson Buck

Faculty Fiction Reading
Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Paula Closson BuckPaula Closson Buck’s novel Summer on the Cold War Planet will be published this fall. She is also the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa and Litanies Near Water. She recently received a Fulbright grant for Cyprus.

Ansel Elkins and Christina Nichol

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)
(co-sponsored w/ Writing Center)

Ansel ElkinsAnsel Elkins’s debut collection of poetry, Blue Yodel, was selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Born in rural Alabama, she now lives in North Carolina. For more information: Elkins is the 2015-16 Drew Darrow Memorial Reader.

Christina NicholChristina Nichol, Fall 2015 Philip Roth Resident, received her MFA from the University of Florida. She has taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Russia, and the republic of Georgia, where her debut novel, Waiting for the Electricity, is set. For more information:


Stadler Center @ Uptown

Featuring Aaron Apps
Performance & Open mic
Friday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. at Uptown

Fiona Powell

Holiday Storytelling for Children and Families
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. in Bucknell Hall

Fiona PowellFiona Powell is a professional storyteller and collector of international folklore, particularly Celtic tales and speechways. She performs at school, festival, and other events. Powell also works as an announcer for WVIA, the local public radio affiliate.

Claudia Rankine

Poetry Reading: Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall
Q&A: Thursday, Feb. 4 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)

Claudia Rankine, photo by John LucasClaudia Rankine’s, most recent book, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. She is the 2015-16 Poet-in-Residence. In 2013, Rankine was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is a professor of English at Pomona College. For more information:

Emily Goodman Means and Martha Park

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Tuesday, March 1 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)

Emily Goodman MeansEmily Goodman Means, 2015-16 Stadler Fellow, 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.

Martha Park Martha Park, Spring 2016 Philip Roth Resident, is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. She holds an MFA from Hollins University, where she served as the Assistant Editor of the Hollins Critic ​and was the recipient of the Melanie Hook Rice Award for Nonfiction.

Caryl Phillips

Fiction Reading
Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall
(co-sponsored w/ the Griot Institute for Africana Studies)

Born in the West Indian island of St. Kitts and raised in Great Britain, Caryl Phillips explores and chronicles the experiences of peoples of the African diaspora.

Adrian Matejka

Q&A: Tuesday, April 5 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)
Poetry Reading: Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall
(co-sponsored w/ the Griot Institute for Africana Studies)

Adrian MatejkaAdrian Matejka is the author of three collections of poetry, The Devil’s Garden, Mixology, and The Big Smoke, a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Born in Germany, Matejka grew up in California and Indiana. He teaches English at Indiana University in Bloomington. For more information:


Stadler Center @ Uptown

Featuring Camille Rankine
Performance & Open mic
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. at Uptown

Annual Student Reading

Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Annual Student ReadingThe Stadler Center’s Annual Student Reading brings together the winners of Bucknell’s two literary contests, the Cadigan Prizes for Younger Writers and the Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize, for a formal reading in Bucknell Hall.

Virginia Zimmerman

Faculty Fiction Reading for Younger Adults
Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Virginia Zimmerman Virginia Zimmerman’s first novel for children, La Finestra del Temps, was published in Spain 2012. Her debut novel in the American market is The Rosemary Spell, published late in 2015 by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For more information:

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Tuesday April 19 at 11:30 a.m. on ELC uphill lawn

Poem in Your Pocket DayOn Poem in Your Pocket Day, the Stadler Center distributes postcards featuring poems by students, faculty, and staff, and gathers the poets for an outdoor reading on the Langone Center lawn. Poem in Your Pocket Day is an initiative of the Academy of American Poets.


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