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.

2015-16 Poet-in-Residence

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine, photo by John Lucas

Related Events

  • Poetry Reading on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 Bucknell Hall.
  • A Conversation and Q&A with the Poet on Thursday, Feb. 4 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213).

Both events are FREE and open to the public.


Rankine has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Her play, The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, was a 2011 Distinguished Development Project Selection in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Rankine earned a BA at Williams College and an MFA at Columbia University. Rankine has coedited American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (2007), andThe Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (2014). Her poems have been included in the anthologies Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (2003), Best American Poetry (2001), and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry (1996). Her play Detour/South Bronx premiered in 2009 at New York’s Foundry Theater. Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2014 she received a Lannan Literary Award.

She has taught at the University of Houston, Case Western Reserve University, Barnard College, and Pomona College.

Former Poets-in-Residence

2014-15 Chase Twichell
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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