From here at the Stadler Center, I'm writing with news of transition. Shara McCallum, Stadler Center director since 2003, recently accepted a faculty position at Penn State. (Though we are sad to lose her, we appreciate that she'll be only an hour's drive away.) I am thrilled to announce that GC Waldrep will serve as Interim Director of the Stadler Center during 2018-2019. I was happy to serve in that role for the past two years during Shara's leave, and I appreciate GC's willingness to lend his considerable talent and energies to this important post next year.
Shara was an extraordinary director. She is responsible for championing a more inclusive and diverse reading series; for working to integrate the series with the creative writing curriculum; for increasing the Center's profile in the wider literary world; and for a multitude of exciting initiatives — including the Poetry Path, an interactive poetry tour of Lewisburg, significant expansions of the Stadler Fellowships and Philip Roth Residencies (both now plural!), and many other programs, community groups, and events. Shara's leadership, vision, and energy will continue to resonate long after her departure.
I'm excited to announce the coming year's Stadler Center Writers Series, which includes readings by writers Victoria Chang, Anne Carson, Vu Tran, Jennifer Chang, Edwidge Danticat, Brenda Hillman and A. Van Jordan. We also celebrate new books by Bucknell faculty with readings by Paula Closson Buck, Carmen Gillespie, Joseph Scapellato, and GC Waldrep. As always, all of the Stadler Center's events are free and open to the public.
We are pleased to welcome Leslie Sainz and Jan Verberkmoes to the Stadler Fellowship, as well as poets Aurora Masum-Javed and Sophie Klahr for thePhilip Roth Residence in Creative Writing in fall and spring, respectively. Each of our fellows and residents will give a reading as part of next year's series. The Stadler Center will be accepting applications for the 2019-20 Roth Residencies (prose) and Stadler Fellowships (poetry) during fall 2018 and winter 2019. Please visit our website for more information and to apply.
The June 2019 staff of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, which I direct, will include visiting poets Eduardo Corral, Aracelis Girmay, and Donika Kelly. For information about applying to this all-expenses-paid, three-week summer program, undergraduate poets should visit our website. Applications are due in January each year.
For contributions that help make our programming possible, the Stadler Center extends thanks to the Stadler family, to Gary and Sandra Sojka, and to the many individuals whose generosity each year allows us to promote contemporary poetry and support writers at various stages of development and in several genres. If you wish to foster the work of the Stadler Center, please consider making a gift — no amount is too small.
You may notice another transition at the Stadler Center: our name. The Stadler Center for Poetry has become the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts — a name that honors our longtime focus on promoting poets and poetry while also recognizing our broad support for other literary genres and literary artists.
Thank you, once more, not only to our outgoing director of fifteen years, Shara McCallum, but also to each of the writers and readers who passes through, whether for a brief visit or for a longer stay: each helps to give the Center its ever-changing body, its vibrancy, and its breath.