Stadler Fellowships

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.

Many Stadler Fellows have gone on to publish a first book or to receive 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), Jan Verberkmoes (Firewatch, Fonograf Editions), and Laura Villareal (Girl's Guide to Leaving, University of Wisconsin Press).

The Stadler Fellowship will be on hiatus in 2023-24, thus we are not accepting applications in the 2022-23 academic year.

Current Stadler Fellows

Jessica Nirvana Ram is the 2022-23 Stadler Fellow in Literary Arts Administration

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Jessica Nirvana Ram is the 2022-23 Stadler Fellow in Literary Arts Administration. Ram is an Indo-Guyanese poet and essayist, and a recent MFA graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work — about expectations, inheritance and radical self-love — appears or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Hellebore Press and Honey Literary. Jessica has a chapbook forthcoming with Porkbelly Press and is a poetry reader at Okay Donkey Magazine.

Sarah Ghazal Ali is the 2022-23 Stadler Fellow in Literary Editing

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Sarah Ghazal Ali is the 2022-23 Stadler Fellow in Literary Editing. She is a Pakistani poet based in the Bay Area, Calif. She received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a Juniper and MFA Fellow. Her work appears in Pleiades, POETRY, Poet Lore, Narrative and others, and she is the recipient of fellowships and grants from Kenyon Review, The Seventh Wave and the Hambidge Center. Her debut poetry collection, Theophanies, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.

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Former Stadler Fellows

  • 2021-22 Joshua Garcia and Sylvia Jones
  • 2020-21 Jennifer Loyd and Laura Villareal
  • 2019-20 Noah Baldino and Maggie Millner
  • 2018-19 Leslie Sainz and Jan Verberkmoes
  • 2016-18 David Winter
  • 2016-17 Monica Sok
  • 2015-16 Emily Means
  • 2014-16 Chet'la Sebree
  • 2013-15 Justin Boening
  • 2012-14 Carolina Ebeid
  • 2011-13 Jamaal May
  • 2010-12 Diana Park
  • 2009-11 Will Schutt
  • 2008-10 K. A. Hays
  • 2007-09 Erinn Batykefer
  • 2005-07 Betsy Wheeler
  • 2003-05 Rebecca Warner
  • 2001-03 Ron Mohring
  • 1999-2001 Michael Carlin
  • 1998-99 Kathy Murphy

Contact Details

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts


Bucknell Hall