Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets

Note: The 2020 Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets has been canceled. See the feature below on the students that were admitted.

Held for three weeks in June, the renowned Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. The program is modeled after artist colonies and conferences where staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences. The program is under the direction of alumna K.A. Hays ‘03.

In the past, such poets as Kaveh Akbar, Aracelis Girmay, Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Ada Limón, Carl Phillips, and Mary Ruefle have served as visting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

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*We have changed our application platform to SlideRoom. If you started an application in our old system, you will need to restart your application using SlideRoom. (You may still extract your information from our old application.)

If you have already sent your recommendation requests by way of our old software, no need to worry. We will continue to accept recommendations in that software and we will upload the documents to SlideRoom when we receive them. Be aware that the new SlideRoom application will require you to include recommenders' info, and this will cause your recommenders to receive a second recommendation request. We suggest letting your recommenders know that they can disregard the SlideRoom email if they have already sent their letters via the old software. If they have not sent their recommendations yet, they should do so using the SlideRoom prompt.

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