The Sandra & 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.



Marilyn Hacker
Sandra & Gary Sojka Visiting Poet, 2013–14


Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names (2010) and Essays on Departure (2006), and an essay collection Unauthorized Voices (2010). Her thirteen volumes of translations from the French include Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen (2008), which received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, Hédi Kaddour's Treason (2010), and Rachida Madani's Tales of a Severed Head (2012). For her own work, she has received the National Book Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, the Academy of American Poets' Lenore Marshall Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American PEN Voelcker Award for poetry, and the Argana International Prize from Morocco's Bayt as-Sh'ir / House of Poetry for 2011. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Hacker lives in Paris.

Photo Credit: Alison Harris


Events for Marilyn Hacker

Conversation and Q&A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
12 noon, Walls Lounge, Langone 213

Poetry Reading
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
7 p.m. Bucknell Hall

Both events are free and open to the public.



Former Sojka Visiting Poets

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


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