Each year the Cadigan Prize for Younger Writers and the Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize award Bucknell undergraduates for extraordinary poetry and prose.
Since its initiation in 1981, the Poet-in-Residence program has brought a writer of national or international renown for an extended stay at Bucknell University each spring semester. The program honors the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with that poet.
Based on our long-standing Poet-in-Residence program, the Writer-in-Residence program brings an eminent writer of fiction or literary nonfiction to campus for an extended visit each fall semester.
Named for Bucknell's renowned literary alumnus (Class of 1954) and initiated in fall 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book of fiction or creative nonfiction.
The Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, one of the center's longest running programs, provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets from universities across the country to write and to be guided by established poets. Based on the model of professional artists’ colonies, the seminar is held for three weeks each June.
The Sojka Visiting Poet Series brings a distinguished poet to Bucknell for a visit each fall. In addition to presenting a reading, the Sojka poet meets in an informal venue with students and other members of the Bucknell community.
The Stadler Fellowships offer poets who have recently completed an MFA or MA in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing.