Chinelo Okparanta and Carmen Gillespie

Faculty Fiction & Poetry Reading
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Chinelo OkparantaBorn in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water and Under the Udala Trees. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize and a Lambda Award, among others. She is a new faculty member in the Department of English's Creative Writing Program.

Carmen GillespieCarmen Gillespie is the author of the poetry books Jonestown: A Vexation (2011) and The Blue Black Wet of Wood (2016) in addition to scholarly works on Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. A professor of English at Bucknell, she directs the Griot Center for Africana Studies.

Jane Hirshfield

Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Q&A: noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)
  • Poetry Reading: 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Jane HirshfieldJane Hirshfield, 2016-17 Sojka Visiting Poet, was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2012. Her eighth and most recent book, The Beauty, was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her poetry, essays, and translations from the Japanese have received many awards and much critical acclaim.

Alumni Literary Reading

Friday, Oct. 21

  • Q&A: noon in Reading Room, Carnegie Bldg.
  • Coffee Talk on MFA programs: 3 p.m. in Willard Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Bldg.
  • Reading: 5 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Bucknell hall, interior viewThis multigenerational gathering of alumni writers features a wide range of styles and genres. Robb Cadigan ‘86, Chrissy Friedlander ‘09, Tom Gardner ‘74, Brenna Lemieux ‘07, Chrissy Reilly ‘10, and Rebecca Wadlinger ‘06 will read from new and recently published poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. || Learn more about these alumni.

Matt Bell

Tuesday, Nov. 1

  • Q&A: noon in Walls Lounge (LANG 213)
  • Fiction Reading: 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Matt BellMatt Bell’s most recent novel, Scrapper, was a Michigan Notable Book for 2016. He is also the author of a previous novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods; two short fiction collections; and a nonfiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II.

Monica Sok and Jessica Franck

Poetry Reading and Q&A
Tuesday, Nov. 15 at noon in Walls Lounge (LANG 213)

Monica SokMonica Sok, 2016-17 Stadler Fellow, is a recent MFA graduate of New York University. Her chapbook, Year Zero, won a 2015 PSA Chapbook Fellowship. A Kundiman Fellow, Sok has received scholarships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and other colonies and conferences.

Jessica FranckJessica Franck, fall 2016 Philip Roth Resident​, holds an MFA in poetry from Indiana University, where she received the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship and served as Poetry Editor of the Indiana Review. She is from Minnesota.

Fiona Powell

Holiday Storytelling for Children & Families
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. in Bucknell Hall

Fiona PowellFiona Powell is a professional storyteller and collector of international folklore, particularly Celtic tales and speechways. She performs at schools, festivals, and other events. Powell is also a radio host for WVIA, the local public radio affiliate.

Mary Ruefle

Q&A: Wednesday, Feb. 1 at noon in Walls Lounge (LANG 213)
Poetry Reading: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Carnegie Building

Mary RuefleMary Ruefle, 2016-17 Poet-in-Residence, has received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Whiting Writer’s Award. Her most recent books are a poetry collection, Trances of the Blast, and Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures.

David Winter and Raena Shirali

Poetry Reading and Q&A
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at noon in Walls Lounge (LANG 213)

David WinterDavid Winter, 2016-17 Stadler Fellow, is the author of the poetry chapbook Safe House, which appeared in 2013. His poems appear in Four Way Review, Forklift, Ohio, Harpur Palate, Meridian, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He is a recent MFA graduate of Ohio State University, where he was poetry editor of The Journal.

Raena ShiraliIndian American poet Raena Shirali, spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident, grew up in Charleston and earned her MFA from Ohio State University. Her first book, GILT, is forthcoming from YesYes Books. She is the recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013.

Shara McCallum

Faculty Poetry Reading
Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

 Shara McCallum Stadler Center Director Shara McCallum's fifth book of poetry, Madwoman, was released this winter in the US and UK. McCallum has received a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, among other awards. Her poems and personal essays have been published in the US, the UK, the Caribbean, Latin America and Israel.

Katie Hays and Joe Scapellato

Faculty Poetry & Fiction Reading
Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

K. A. HaysK. A. Hays is the author of three books of poetry, Dear Apocalypse (2009), Early Creatures, Native Gods (2012), and Windfall, forthcoming in 2017. Her poetry, fiction, and verse translations have appeared widely. She is director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets and, for 2016-17, acting director of the Stadler Center.

Joe Scapellato Joseph Scapellato grew up near Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. Big Lonesome, his debut story collection, will be published in fall 2016, and The Made-Up Man, his novel, in spring 2017 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He is an assistant professor of English at Bucknell.

Jay Hopler

Tuesday, April 11

  • Poetry Reading and Q&A: noon in Walls Lounge (LANG 213)

Jay Hopler

Jay Hopler’s book of poetry, Green Squall, was chosen by Louis Glück as the winner of the 2005 Yale Younger Poets Award. His most recent book, The Abridged History of Rainfall, appeared in 2016. He has also published essays and translations as well as two literary anthologies.

Annual Student Reading

Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

annual student readingThe Stadler Center’s Annual Student Reading brings together the winners of Bucknell’s two literary contests, the Cadigan Prizes for Younger Writers and the Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize, for a formal reading in Bucknell Hall.


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