2020 Visiting Poets
Victoria Chang's new book of poems, OBIT, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2020. Barbie Chang was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney's, 2013) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her children's picture book, Is Mommy?, was illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster. It was named a New York Times Notable Book. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Pushcart Prize and a MacDowell Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches within Antioch's Low-residency MFA Program.
Marcus Jackson studied poetry in NYU’s graduate creative writing program and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. His second book of poems, Pardon My Heart (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), was recently released. Of Pardon My Heart, Jeff Gordinier for The New York Times writes, "Jackson's collection confirms the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American poetry, one whose writing, on page after page, has the fullness and glow of a jubilee." Jackson lives with his wife and child in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte.
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Milkweed Editions, 2018, and the chapbook Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review and The Antioch Review. She is recipient of the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize, a Canto Mundo fellowship and scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. She holds a BA in English Literature from Trinity University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston. She serves as an Adroit Journal Summer Mentor, a committee member of the Poison Pen Reading Series, & on the City of Houston's Millennial Advisory Board.
Staff Poets for 2020
Katie Hays '03, director
Born in Phoenixville, Pa., K.A. "Katie" Hays '03 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 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, at the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H., and at Vermont Studio Center. She has been director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets since 2016. Katie is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Program at Bucknell.
Deirdre O'Connor, associate director
Deirdre O'Connor is the author of The Cupped Field, which received the Able Muse Book Award and is forthcoming in fall 2019, and Before the Blue Hour, recipient of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Achill Heinrich Boll Association. A native of Pittsburgh, she holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University. She directs the Writing Center at Bucknell.
Noah Baldino, seminar associate
Noah Baldino is a queer trans poet and editor. Their poems and reviews can be found in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review and elsewhere.
Maggie Millner, seminar associate
Maggie Millner, 2019-20 Stadler Fellow, is a poet and teacher from rural upstate New York. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review and elsewhere and she has received awards and fellowships from The Cincinnati Review, Narrative, Poets & Writers, the Fine Arts Work Center and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Maggie holds degrees in creative writing from NYU and Brown and teaches in the Writing Program at Rutgers University.