Katie Hays
Katie Hays, acting director

From here at the Stadler Center, I'm thrilled to announce our dynamic and fabulous 2017-18 Reading Series, and to let you know about the wealth of residencies, fellowships, and programs the Stadler Center continues to offer in support of literary artists across several genres and at various stages of their careers.

This year the Stadler Center will host readings by poets Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Shane McCrae, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Donika Kelly, Antjie Krog, Javier O. Huerta, Analicia Sotelo, Matthew Niell Null, and Mia Leonin. In promotion of collaborative and multi-genre work, we'll be hosting Leonin along with her visual arts collaborator Nereida Garcia Ferraz. In addition, Carolyn Forché will visit as Sojka Poet with a concurrent visit to the Weis Center by vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and A Far Cry string orchestra, performing The Blue Hour, a song-cycle adaptation of Forché's book of that title. Fiction writer Sarah Manyika will visit the Stadler Center for a weeklong residence in October, and in February, Camille Dungy will join us for a weeklong stay as Poet-in-Residence. As always, all of the Stadler Center's events are free and open to the public.

We are glad to welcome Monica Sok and David Winter for their second year in the Stadler Fellowship, as well as prose writers Ngwah-Mbo Nkweti and Meghan Lamb for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing in fall and spring, respectively. We will be accepting applications for the 2018-19 Roth Residencies (poetry) and Stadler Fellowships this winter.

In June 2018, the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets will host visiting poets Ada Limón, Phillip B. Williams, and Kaveh Akbar. The 2018 Seminar staff will also include Deirdre O'Connor, Monica Sok, David Winter, and me. For information about applying to our all-expenses-paid, three-week summer program, undergraduate poets should visit our website. Applications are due in January.

For contributions that help make our programming possible, we are ever-grateful 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.

Thank you for your lively support of our reading series, for spreading word of our fellowship and residency opportunities, and for your abiding belief in the value of poetry and the literary arts.

—Katie Hays