Poet-in-Residence

Since its initiation in 1981, the Poet-in-Residence program has brought writers of national and international renown for an extended stay during the spring semester. The Poet-in-Residence teaches a master class or meets individually with qualified students, gives a public reading and a lecture or Q&A session and otherwise serves as an active literary presence on campus. The program honors the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with that poet.

Among our recent Poets-In-Residence are Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Dean Young, Claudia Rankine, Mary Ruefle, Camille Dungy and Brenda Hillman. See below for a full list of former Poets-in-Residence.

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

2019-20 Poet-in-Residence

Laura Kasischke

Poet and novelist Laura Kasischke was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include Wild Brides (1992), Fire and Flower (1998), Dance and Disappear(2002), Gardening in the Dark (2004), Lilies Without (2007), Space, in Chains (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Where Now (2017). Kasischke’s many awards include the Juniper Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundaion, among others. Kasischke’s novels include Suspicious River(1996), White Bird in a Blizzard (1999), The Life Before her Eyes (2002), which was made into a movie starring Uma Thurman, In a Perfect World (2009) and The Raising (2011).

Related Events

  • Poetry Reading: Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall
  • Q&A: Thursday, Feb. 6, at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC213); buffet lunch provided

Both events are free and open to the public.

View the full list of Stadler events

Former Poets-in-Residence

  • 2018-19 Brenda Hillman
  • 2017-18 Camille T. Dungy
  • 2016-17 Mary Ruefle
  • 2014-15 Chase Twichell
  • 2013-14 Dean Young
  • 2012-13 Terrance Hayes
  • 2011-12 Mark Doty
  • 2010-11 Natasha Trethewey
  • 2009-10 Tim Seibles
  • 2008-09 Nance Van Winckel
  • 2007-08 James Harms
  • 2006-07 Marilyn Chin
  • 2005-06 Carol Frost 
  • 2004-05 Michael Waters 
  • 2003-04 Liliana Ursu
  • 2002-03 Sonia Sanchez
  • 2001-02 Betsy Sholl
  • 2000-01 John Haines
  • 1999-00 Linda Gregg
  • 1998-99 Peggy Shumaker
  • 1997-98 Tess Gallagher
  • 1996-97 Afaa M. Weaver 
  • 1995-96 William Matthews
  • 1994-95 Bruce Smith
  • 1993-94 Gerald Stern
  • 1992-93 Molly Peacock
  • 1991-92 Colette Inez
  • 1990-91 Louis Simpson
  • 1989-90 Jean Valentine
  • 1988-89 Irving Feldman
  • 1987-88 Madeline DeFrees
  • 1986-87 Wendell Berry
  • 1985-86 Mary Oliver
  • 1984-85 Karl Shapiro
  • 1983-84 Hayden Carruth
  • 1982-83 Maxine Kumin
  • 1981-82 Carolyn Kizer

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Location

Bucknell Hall