Community Initiatives

The Stadler Center conceives of community in a number of ways, from the residents of the central Susquehanna Valley in our immediate proximity to the wider assemblage of readers and writers that forms the American literary community.

In 2023-24, we will inaugurate Susquehanna Valley Voices (SVV), an annual reading featuring writers based in Lewisburg and surrounding communities. SVV events will take place in off-campus, community venues, with the aim of reaching new audiences. The first SVV event is scheduled for March 2024. Stay tuned for more information.

In recent years, the center has organized a new poetry workshop at a local correctional facility, established a new poetry path at Linntown Intermediate School (with assistance from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts), offered nature-writing workshops for children, collaborated with the Lewisburg Arts Council to bring poetry to Lewisburg’s annual Celebration of the Arts, and helped to judge WPSU’s inaugural poetry contest for high school students as well as regional Poetry Out Loud competitions. A new collaboration with Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School will bring 150 students for tours of the Stadler Center’s Poetry Path on campus and in downtown Lewisburg. (Though the first such tour, scheduled for May 2023, was canceled due to poor weather, we aim to try again in 2024!)