For forty 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 Q&A. The program is meant to honor the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with an exceptionally talented poet.
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, Camille Dungy, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, and Mary Ruefle. 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.