Students are encouraged to join faculty in attending lectures of nationally-known speakers on literature and literary theory who come to campus to lecture and visit classes. Recent visitors have included Ursula Heise and Sally Wolff.
Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series brings a renowned poet to campus for a brief residency. The poet visits a class, gives an informal talk on poetics, and does a reading.
The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing provides a young writer of some record of accomplishment opportunity to engage in work over two months coinciding with the fall semester. This writer gives public readings and is available to students to talk informally.
The Stadler Center for Poetry's Reading Series features writers from across the nation and abroad presenting a diverse and aesthetically broad array of writing from both emerging and established writers.
The Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters is awarded annually to honor and recognize an individual who represents the very highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction, or biography.
The Stadler Center for Poetry contains the Mildred Martin Poetry Library.
Bertrand Library's Special Collections include a wide and distinguished selection of rare manuscripts and books, with special strength in Irish literature.
Bucknell students often say some of their most meaningful academic experiences are the research projects they undertake with faculty mentors. Even first-year students are sometimes invited to take part in scholarly projects with their professors.
The English Department offers courses in creative writing taught by widely published authors of fiction and poetry including Shara McCallum, Christopher Camuto, Paula Closson Buck, Carmen Gillespie, Robert Rosenberg, G. C. Waldrep, and Claire Watkins.
The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets allows ten promising undergraduate poets from across the country, as well as three advanced Bucknell students, to study as fellows in a summer program held for four weeks in June.
Bucknell University has a long tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of our students in the classroom, the lab, and the playing field, as well as the university community and the world beyond Bucknell. The University formally acknowledges academic accomplishments with a variety of endowed and named awards and prizes given during the academic year including more than a dozen for excellence in English.
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