Sandra & Gary Sojka Poet-in-Residence

For 40 years, the Stadler Center's Poet-in-Residence program has brought poets of national and international renown to Bucknell for an extended stay during the academic year. The Poet-in-Residence meets individually with qualified students, gives a public reading and engages in a question and answer session. The program is meant to honor the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with an exceptional talent.

Recently redesignated to honor longtime Stadler Center benefactors Sandra and Gary Sojka, the current program represents a merger of the Sojka Visiting Poet Series (1995-2020) and the original Poet-in-Residence program, which dates back to 1981. Bucknell President Gary Sojka (1985-95) was instrumental in the founding of the center and, with his wife Sandy, remains dedicated to its prosperity.

Among our recent Poets-in-Residence are Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, Mary Ruefle and Ross Gay. See below for a complete list of Poets-in-Residence and Sojka Visiting Poets. 

The Sojka Poet-in-Residence is selected by invitation only; the Stadler Center does not accept applications for this position.

2022-23 Sojka Poet-in-Residence

Brenda Shaughnessy

Head shot of Brenda Shaughnessy

Photo by: Janea Wiedmann

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (March 2019, Knopf); So Much Synth (2016, Copper Canyon Press); Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, the International Griffin Prize and the PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The New York Times, The New Yorker, O, Paris Review, Poetry and elsewhere. Recent collaborative projects include writing a libretto for a Mass commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street for composer Paola Prestini, and a poem-essay for the exhibition catalog for Toba Khedoori's solo retrospective show at LACMA. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is associate professor of English and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark. She lives in Verona, N.J., with her family.

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