G.C. Waldrep

Professor of English; Editor of West Branch
Specialization: Creative Writing; poetry; creative nonfiction (lyric essay); modernism and postmodernism; Dada and surrealism; ecopoetics; ekphrastic poetics; religion and poetry

Editor of West Branch

G.C. Waldrep, Professor of English, is the author of six full-length collections of poems: Goldbeater's Skin (2003), winner of the Colorado Prize; Disclamor (2007); Archicembalo (2009), winner of the Dorset Prize and the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America; Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (2011), a collaboration with the poet John Gallaher; a long poem, Testament (2015); and most recently feast gently (Tupelo, 2018), winner of the 2019 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. With Ilya Kaminsky he co-edited Homage to Paul Celan (2011), and with Joshua Corey he co-edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (2012). His most recent chapbook is Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013).

Waldrep's work has appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, Paris Review, Harper's, The Nation, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, New England Review, Colorado Review, New American Writing, and Tin House, as well as in Best American Poetry  (2010 and 2018) and the second edition of Norton's Postmodern American Poetry. His work has earned prizes and residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Campbell Corner Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, and the Lannan Foundation, as well as a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. His poems have been published abroad in the U.K., Ireland, Canada, and Australia, and in translation into German and Romanian. Waldrep is also the author of Southern Workers and the Search for Community, a historical monograph on the lives of Southern textile workers during the early twentieth century.

Waldrep arrived at Bucknell in 2007 after teaching stints at the University of Iowa, Deep Springs College, and Kenyon College. At Bucknell he teaches creative writing and serves as editor of West Branch. From 2007 to 2018 he was also Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Harvard University (1990)
  • M.A., Duke Univeristy (1992)
  • Ph.D., Duke University (1996)
  • M.F.A, University of Iowa (2005)

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing (poetry)

Scholarly Interests

  • History
  • Creative writing/poetry
  • American studies

Selected Publications


Goldbeater's Skin (2003)

Disclamor (2007)

Archicembalo (2009)

Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (2011)

Testament (2015)

feast gently (2018)


The Batteries (2006)

One Way No Exit (2008)

Szent László Hotel  (2011)

Susquehanna (2013)


Homage to Paul Celan (with Ilya Kaminsky) (2011)

The Arcadia Project (with Joshua Corey) (2012)


The Kenyon Review 

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