In June 2015, the Stadler Center will conduct the 31th annual Seminar for Younger Poets. Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences.
In the past, such poets as Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Mary Ruefle, David St. John, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Jean Valentine, and Carl Phillips have served as visiting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.
For the 2015 Seminar, visiting poets Brenda Hillman and Mary Szybist will join director G.C. Waldrep and staff members Deirdre O'Connor, Chet'la Sebree, and Justin Boening.
The next Seminar will be held June 7-28, 2015. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2015. Applications must be submitted via the Stadler Center Application Portal.
See Frequently Asked Questions about eligibility and the application process.
Brenda Hillman is the author of nine collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, and Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. Her first book Granted was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
G.C. Waldrep, Director
G.C. Waldrep's most recent books are Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), a collaboration with John Gallaher; The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey; and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). BOA Editions will release a long poem, Testament, in 2015. Waldrep's work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, New England Review, New American Writing, Harper's, Tin House, Verse, and many other journals, as well as in Best American Poetry 2010 and the recent second edition of Norton's Postmodern American Poetry. Waldrep has received prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets as well as the Colorado Prize, the Dorset Prize, the Campbell Corner Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Deirdre O'Connor, Associate Director
Deirdre O'Connor's book, Before the Blue Hour, was the winner of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize for 2001. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, The American Journal of Nursing, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Poetry and other journals. A native of Pittsburgh, O'Connor holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University. She directs Bucknell's Writing Center.
Justin Boening, Seminar Associate
Born in the Adirondacks, Justin Boening is the author of Self-Portrait as Missing Person, which was selected by Dara Wier for the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship. His poems have appeared in The Atlas Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, and St. Petersburg Review, among others. Winner of the 2014 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, he has received fellowships and awards from Summer Literary Seminars, Vermont Studio Center, and Columbia University's School of the Arts. Currently, Boening works as an associate editor for Poetry Northwest. In the summer, he teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia University's Summer High School Program
Chet'la Sebree, Seminar Associate
Chet'la Sebree, the 2014-2015 Stadler Fellow, is a native of the Mid-Atlantic region. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University in Washington, DC, where she also taught freshman composition. While living in the nation's capital, she was a 2011-2012 Folger Shakespeare Theater Lannan Fellow and worked for both Poet Lore and 491 Magazine. She was a 2013 finalist for the Hub City Writers House Nine-Month Residency in South Carolina. She is currently working on her first manuscript.
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