In June 2016, the Stadler Center will conduct the 32nd 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, David St. John, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Jean Valentine, Carl Phillips, Chase Twichell, and Mary Szybist 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 2016 staff will include visiting poets Mary Jo Bang and Brian Teare in addition to Bucknell faculty and staff. Dates for the 2016 Seminar are June 12 - July 3. The application postmark deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.  See Frequently Asked Questions for eligibility and application guidelines.

Visiting Poets for 2016

Brian Teare A former NEA Fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of five critically acclaimed books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, Pleasure, Companion Grasses, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Mary Jo Bang, photo by Brian Valentine Mary Jo Bang is the author of seven books of poems, including Louise in Love, The Bride of E, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle award. Her most recent collection is The Last Two Seconds. She has also published a translation of Dante's Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher. She's been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. She is a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

Staff Poets for 2016

Katie Hays, Director

K. A. Hays, photo by Carolina Ebeid 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 two books, Early Creatures, Native Gods (Carnegie Mellon, 2012) and Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon, 2009) and is at work on a third book. 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

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.

Chet'la Sebree, Seminar Associate

Chet'la Sebree

Chet'la Sebree, the 2014-2015 Stadler Fellow, is a native of the Mid-Atlantic region. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University, where she also taught freshman composition. While living in the nation's capital, she was a 2011-2012 Folger Shakespeare Theater Lannan Fellow and worked for Poet Lore. Recently, she judged the 2015 Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Poetry Contest and joined the Duke Youth Program's summer faculty in their W.R.I.T.E. program. Her work can be found in jubilat and is forthcoming elsewhere. She is currently working on her first manuscript.

Emily Goodman Means, Seminar Associate

Emily Goodman Means

Emily Goodman Means, the 2015-2016 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.




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