Named for Bucknell's renowned literary alumnus and initiated in the fall of 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000.

We now offer two residencies each year, one each in Bucknell's fall and spring semesters. Applications for the following academic year are due on February 1 each year. At that time, applicants may apply to be considered for either the fall or spring residency, or for both. The fall residency extends from late August to mid-December, the spring residency from mid-January to mid-May.

Recent Roth Residents who have published books subsequent to the Residence include Eduardo Corral (Slow Lightning, Yale University Press), Michelle Hoover (The Quickening, Other Press), Beth Martinelli (To Darkness, Finishing Line Press), Emily Rapp (Poster Child: A Memoir, Bloomsbury), Rajesh Parameswaran (I Am An Executioner: Love Stories, Knopf), Smith Henderson (Fourth of July Creek, Ecco), and Justin Boening (Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last).

In the spring semester of 2017, the Stadler Center will accept applications for the 2017-18 Philip Roth Residencies, which will be awarded to writers of fiction/prose. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. For eligibility and application requirements, and to submit an application, please use the Stadler Center Application Portal.

2016-17 Philip Roth Residents


Jessica Franck

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  • Poetry Reading and Q&A: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at noon in Walls Lounge

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Fall 2016 Philip Roth Resident

Jessica Franck

Jessica Franck​ is from Minnesota. She holds an MFA from Indiana University, where she received the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship and served as Poetry Editor of the Indiana Review. She has also received support from the National Society of Arts and Letters (Bloomington).

Franck's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Day One, and elsewhere.

Raena Shirali

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  • Poetry Reading and Q&A: Tuesday, Feb. 21 at noon in Walls Lounge.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident

Raena Shirali

Indian American poet Raena Shirali grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and earned her MFA from The Ohio State University.

Her first book, GILT, is forthcoming in 2016 with YesYes Books, and her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, Pleiades, and many more. Her other honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and a "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013.

An Adroit Journal Summer Mentor, Shirali currently lives by the coast, where she teaches English at College of Charleston.

Former Roth Residents

  • Spring 2016 Martha Park (prose)
  • Fall 2015 Christina Nichol (prose)
  • Spring 2015 Diana Khoi Nguyen (poetry)
  • Fall 2014 Corey Miller (poetry)
  • Spring 2014 Alexander Lumans (prose)
  • Fall 2013 Tennessee Jones (prose)
  • 2012-13 Justin Boening (poetry)
  • 2011-12 Smith Henderson (prose)
  • 2010-11 Leslie Harrison (poetry)
  • 2009-10 Mike Scalise (prose)
  • 2008-09 Eduardo Corral (poetry)
  • 2007-08 Rajesh Parameswaran (fiction)
  • 2006-07 Beth Martinelli (poetry)
  • 2005-06 Emily Rapp (fiction)
  • 2004-05 Melora Wolff (poetry)
  • 2003-04 Michelle Hoover (fiction)
  • 2002-03 Brian Teare (poetry)
  • 2001-02 Junse Kim (fiction)
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