The Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series was established in 1995 through the generosity of Gary Sojka, who served as president of Bucknell University from 1985-1995, and his wife, Sandra. The Sojka Visiting Poet Series brings a distinguished poet to Bucknell for a visit each fall. In addition to presenting a reading, the Sojka poet meets in an informal venue with students and other members of the Bucknell community.

Poets are chosen by invitation only; the Stadler Center for Poetry does not accept applications for this position.

Current Sojka Visiting Poet


Kendel Hippolyte

Kendel Hippolyte

Related Events

  • A Conversation and Q&A with the Poet on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Noon in Walls Lounge.
  • Poetry Reading on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet, 2014-15

Born in St. Lucia in 1952, Kendel Hippolyte studied and lived in Jamaica in the 1970s, where he explored his talents as a poet, playwright and director. His poetry ranges across the continuum of language from Standard English to the varieties of Caribbean English. He has also written poems in Kweyol, his national language. 

Learn more about Kendel Hippolyte

Recent Sojka Visiting Poets

2013-14 Marilyn Hacker
2012-13 Naomi Shihab Nye
2011-12 Tony Hoagland
2010-11 Carl Phillips
2009-10 Baron Wormser
2008-09 Adam Zagajewski
2007-08 Robin Becker
2006-07 Cornelius Eady
2005-06 Philip Appleman
2004-05 Elizabeth Alexander
2003-04 Stephen Dunn
2002-03 Maxine Kumin
2001-02 Paul Muldoon
2000-01 Robert Pinsky
1999-00 Eavan Boland
1998-99 John Haines
1997-98 Lorna Goodison
1996-97 Donald Justice
1995-96 Ellen Bryant Voigt

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