Recently rechristened the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, the Seminar is now under the direction of alumna K. A. Hays. (The program was formerly known as the Seminar for Younger Poets). Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences.
In the past, such poets as Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Mary Ruefle, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Jean Valentine, Carl Phillips, and Mary Jo Bang have served as visiting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.
The 2018 staff will include visiting poets Kaveh Akbar, Ada Limón, and Phillip B. Williams. Dates for the 2018 Seminar are June 9 - July 30. The application postmark deadline is Jan. 31, 2018. See Frequently Asked Questions for eligibility and application guidelines.
Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper, a website devoted to literary interviews, and author the book Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books). His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is a Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Purdue University MFA program. || Learn more about Kaveh Akbar
Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry and several other awards. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California. || Learn more about Ada Limón
Phillip B. Williams is the author of Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc) and Burn (YesYes Books). His poetry appears in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, West Branch, Blackbird and others. Williams is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and teaches at Bennington College. Born in Chicago, he earned his MFA from Washington University, where he was a Chancellor's Graduate fellow.
Katie Hays, Director
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, K. A. (Katie) Hays was educated at Bucknell, Oxford, and Brown Universities, where she earned an M.F.A. in 2005. She is the author of three books of poetry, Early Creatures, Native Gods (Carnegie Mellon, 2012) and Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon, 2009) and the forthcoming Windthrow (Carnegie Mellon, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (2009, 2011) and other anthologies and widely in journals and magazines. She has also published fiction and verse translations and has served as an editor of West Branch, Bucknell's national literary journal. Hays has received residencies at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia, and at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. She has taught creative writing at Bucknell since 2010 and in 2014 served as Acting Director of the Seminar for Younger Poets. She is thrilled to assume the directorship of the Seminar for Younger Poets beginning with the 2016 Seminar.
Deirdre O'Connor, Associate Director
Deirdre 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.
Monica Sok, Seminar Associate
A Cambodian poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Monica Sok is the author of the chapbook Year Zero, winner of the 2015 PSA Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under, selected by Marilyn Chin. A Kundiman fellow, Sok has received scholarships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, Squaw Valley, Napa Valley, and Bread Loaf writers' conferences. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in FIELD Magazine, Narrative, The New Republic, and TriQuarterly Review, among others. Sok holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. She is currently a Stadler Fellow.
David Winter, Seminar Associate
David Winter wrote the poetry chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Four Way Review, Forklift, Ohio, Harpur Palate, Meridian, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, The Offing, and Winter Tangerine Review. Winter is a Senior Lecturer in the Ohio State University Department of English, where he recently earned his MFA and served as a Poetry Editor for The Journal. He is currently a Stadler Fellow.
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