Since 1998, the Stadler Fellowships have offered recent MFA graduates in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in editing and literary arts administration. The program offers two distinct tracks: a fellowship in literary editing and a fellowship in literary arts administration. Applicants can apply to one or the other. Both fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Fellows serve for 20 hours each week during the academic year. The balance of the fellows’ time is reserved for writing. The 10-month fellowships provide health insurance and a stipend of at least $33,000.
Stadler Fellowship: Literary Arts Administration
The Stadler Fellow in Literary Arts Administration is a key player in the execution of the Stadler Center's programs and advises the Center's leadership on new and existing initiatives. The literary arts administration fellow contributes to campus and regional outreach efforts, leads a faculty/staff poetry reading group, serves on selection committees for our programs and residencies, and otherwise works to strengthen and enhance our literary community. In June, the fellow serves together with the Stadler Fellow in Literary Editing as a staff poet in the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, the Center's signature summer program that draws some of the nation's most accomplished undergraduate poets.
Stadler Fellowship: Literary Editing
The Stadler Fellow in Literary Editing serves as a poetry editor for West Branch, Bucknell's nationally-recognized literary journal. The editorial fellow screens poetry submissions, serves on the editorial committee, assists in proofreading, and, optionally, compiles a special poetry feature for the journal. The fellow may also contribute to other Stadler Center editorial projects. In June, the fellow serves together with the Stadler Fellow in Literary Arts Administration as a staff poet in the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets.
Since these are residential fellowships, we expect fellows to live in the immediate Lewisburg area; to hold no other professional, academic, or fellowship obligations; and to participate fully in the life of the Bucknell literary community during the fellowship period.
Several recent Stadler Fellows have published books or received other honors subsequent to their fellowships, including Will Schutt (Westerly, Yale Prize for Younger Poets); Jamaal May (Hum, Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books), Carolina Ebeid (You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior, Noemi Press), Justin Boening (Not On the Last Day, But On the Very Last; National Poetry Series, Milkweed ), Chet'la Sebree (Mistress, New Issues Poetry Prize), E.G. Asher (Natality, Noemi Press), and Monica Sok (A Nail the Evening Hangs On, Copper Canyon).
In fall 2021, the Stadler Center will accept applications for the 2022-23 Stadler Fellowships. The Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2021.
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