About the Stadler Center

The Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts seeks to foster in a wide and varied audience an appreciation for the diversity and richness of contemporary poetry and other literary arts. We also provide support for writers at various stages of their development.

Our Staff

The staff of the Stadler Center consists of Director and Assistant Professor of English Chet'la Sebree, Program Manager Andrew Ciotola, an undergraduate program assistant, and the Stadler Fellows, who assist in the administration of the Center's programs and the editing of West Branch. The editor of West Branch is Associate Professor of English Joe Scapellato.

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The Stadler Center Steering Committee

The purpose of the Steering Committee is to support the Director in the business and programs of the Center; to nurture the relationship between the Center and the Creative Writing Program; to assist in the selection of fellows, residents, and visiting writers; and to advance the Center's reputation in the wider literary world.

The 2022-23 Steering Committee consists of the following individuals:

  • Chet'la Sebree, Stadler Center director
  • Andrew Ciotola, program manager
  • Robert Rosenberg, creative writing program director
  • Denelle Brown, associate dean of students, diversity & inclusion
  • Joe Scapellato, West Branch editor

Our History

The Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts was founded by Jack '40 and Ralynn Stadler and former Bucknell English Professor and poet John Wheatcroft in 1988. The Stadler Center was created to be a home for Bucknell's existing poetry programs and to publish student poets as well as poets from across the globe. Today, the center has moved to promote both fiction and literary nonfiction as well. In 2017, the center began a fall semester Writer-in-Residence program, which hosts a renowned prose writer, to complement the spring semester Poet-in-Residence program.

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The Mildred Martin Library

The Mildred Martin Poetry Library & Lounge is located in the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts, in the basement of Bucknell Hall. The library functions as a reading room and specializes in books of contemporary poetry as well as materials that enable the study of poetry. While materials in the library do not circulate, the library and lounge are open to the campus community and provide a welcoming space for students, faculty and staff to browse the collection and to congregate.

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Contact Details

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts


Bucknell Hall