Shara McCallum, Director (on leave 2016-17)
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (2011) Her fifth book, Madwoman, will be published in the US and UK in 2017. Recognition for her poetry includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, among other awards. Her poems and personal essays have been published in the US, the UK, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian. Since 2003, McCallum has been the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, where she is also a Professor of creative writing and literature.
K. A. Hays, Acting Director 2016-17
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 three books of poetry, Early Creatures, Native Gods (Carnegie Mellon, 2012), Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon, 2009) and the forthcoming Windthrow (Carnegie Mellon, 2017). 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 Undergraduate Poets beginning with the 2016 Seminar.
Andrew Ciotola, Program Manager
Ciotola received his BA from Gettsyburg College, where he graduated with honors in English literature, and his MA in English from Bucknell University. As program manager, he oversees the Center's series, programs, and daily business. He is also the managing editor and book review editor of West Branch, Bucknell's nationally distinguished literary journal. He has served on grant review panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and on panels devoted to literary administration and editing at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. A native of New York state, Ciotola is a longtime resident of central Pennsylvania.
G. C. Waldrep, Editor, West Branch
G.C. Waldrep's most recent books are Testament (2015); Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), a collaboration with John Gallaher; The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey; and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). Waldrep's work has appeared in many journals and in Best American Poetry 2010 and Norton's Postmodern American Poetry. Waldrep has received prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets as well as the Colorado Prize, the Dorset Prize, the Campbell Corner Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Monica Sok, Stadler Fellow
Monica Sok is a Cambodian poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sok is the author of the chapbook Year Zero, winner of the 2015 PSA Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under, selected by Marilyn Chin. A Kundiman fellow, Sok has received scholarships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, Squaw Valley, Napa Valley, and Bread Loaf writers' conferences. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in FIELD Magazine, Narrative, The New Republic, and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.
David Winter, Stadler Fellow
David Winter wrote the poetry chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Four Way Review, Forklift, Ohio, Harpur Palate, Meridian, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, The Offing, and Winter Tangerine Review. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Ohio State University Department of English, where he recently earned his MFA and served as a Poetry Editor for The Journal.
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