In June 2014, the Stadler Center will conduct the 30th annual 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, Gerald Stern, David St. John, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Jean Valentine 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 2014 staff will include Acting Director K.A. Hays, Associate Director Deirdre O'Connor, and Stadler Fellows Carolina Ebeid and Justin Boening. Visiting poets Carl Phillips and Chase Twichell will complete the lineup. (Director G.C. Waldrep is on leave in 2014).

The 2014 Seminar will be held June 8–June 29. The application deadline was January 31, 2014. || See Frequently Asked Questions about the application process.




For the 2014 Seminar, visiting poets Chase Twichell and Carl Phillips will join acting director K.A. Hays and staff members Deirdre O'Connor, Carolina Ebeid, and Justin Boening.

Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently Silverchest (FSG, 2013) and Double Shadow (FSG, 2011), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has also written two books of prose, Coin of the realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (Graywolf, 2004) and The Art of Daring: On Risk and Imagination (forthcoming from Graywolf in 2014).  His awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, the Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Library of Congress. Phillips is the current judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chase Twichell has published seven books of poetry: Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems, Dog Language, The Snow Watcher, The Ghost of Eden, Perdido, The Odds, and Northern Spy. She is also the translator, with Tony K. Stewart, of The Lover of God by Rabindranath Tagore, and co-editor of The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach. Twichell is the winner of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award (2011) and the recipient of many honors and fellowships. After teaching for many years (Warren Wilson College, The University of Alabama, Goddard College, Hampshire College, and Princeton University), she left academia to start Ausable Press, a not-for-profit publisher of poetry which was acquired by Copper Canyon press in 2009. She lives in upstate New York and Miami with her husband, the novelist Russell Banks.



K.A. Hays, Acting Director

K. A. Hays is the author of two books of poetry, Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon 2009) and Early Creatures, Native Gods (Carnegie Mellon 2012). Her poetry has appeared in such venues as Best American Poetry (2009 and 2011), American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, Northern Woodlands, and elsewhere, and was recently adapted to film as part of the MotionPoems project. After earning an M.F.A. in fiction at Brown University, Hays served as Stadler Fellow at Bucknell and as 2011 Poet-in-Residence at the Frost Place. She currently teaches in the Bucknell English department.

Deirdre O'Connor, Associate Director

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.

Justin Boening, Seminar Associate

Justin Boening is the 2013-14 Stadler Fellow. Boening is the author of Self-Portrait as Missing Person, which was selected by Dara Wier for the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship. His poems appear in such journals as The Atlas Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, and St. Petersburg Review, among others. He has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from Summer Literary Seminars, Vermont Studio Center, and Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Carolina Ebeid, Seminar Associate

Carolina Ebeid is the 2013-14 Stadler Fellow, returning for her second year. She holds a degree from the Michener Center for Writers, where she served as poetry editor for the Bat City Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Agni-online, H_NGM_N and other journals. She is currently at work on her first manuscript. 


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