November 12, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three recent Bucknell University graduates are included in the new anthology, Best New Poets 2007.

The three – K.A. Hays, Tyler Mills and Rebecca Wadlinger – were among the 50 emerging poets selected for the anthology.

"In the last several years, this anthology has become an increasingly competitive and distinguished one," said Shara McCallum, director of the Stadler Center for Poetry. "This year's judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, selected only a tiny fraction of the poems nominated for inclusion.

"When you consider that fact, it is even more remarkable that not one but three recent Bucknell alums, and a fourth student with connections to the university through the Stadler Center's summer program for younger poets, have received this kind of attention to their work.

"All of us at the Stadler Center and at Bucknell who had the privilege of working with these young writers are overjoyed at their good fortune. We are so proud of their work and so glad to see its recognition in the larger literary world," McCallum said.

For more information about the Best New Poets 2007 anthology, visit

Bucknell alumnae
Hays, who graduated from Bucknell in 2003, earned an MFA in the literary arts at Brown University. Her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Florida Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, Missouri Review, Antioch Review and other magazines. Editors at New Orleans Review and Black Warrior Review nominated her poems for the 2006 and 2007 Best New Poets anthologies, and she was a semifinalist for the 2007 Nation/"Discovery" Prize. Hays is also a fiction writer and verse translator whose work in those genres has appeared in Hudson Review, Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, and other magazines, and whose short stories have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Mills, who graduated from Bucknell in 2005, is a graduate student in the MFA program at University of Maryland. Two of her poems published in Gulf Coast literary magazine were awarded the magazine's literary prize. She also received a fellowship to the Prague Literary Seminars.

Wadlinger, who graduated from Bucknell in 2006, is an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also is a James A. Michener Fellow in Poetry and Playwriting. Her poems have been translated into Romanian for Liliana Ursu's "New Voices of America" show on Romanian public radio.

Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets
Hays, Mills and Wadlinger also participated in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, a four-week summer program of intensive writing. A fourth poet, Donika Ross, who participated in the seminar in 2004, also is included in the anthology. Ross, who graduated in 2005 from Southern Arkansas University, is studying creative writing at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

"One of the great things about the Seminar is that the participants get to know other outstanding young poets from across the country, and because these students are serious about their art, they tend to bump into each other later on in their careers, whether in graduate school, at conferences, or in the pages of an anthology like this one," said Deirdre O'Connor, associate director of the Seminar and director of Bucknell's Writing Center.

"The fellows benefit from meeting like-minded peers and more experienced poets, and Bucknell benefits because these students write wonderful poems that appeal to many different sensibilities," O'Connor said.

Founded in 1988, the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell offers a wide range of programs and residencies for emerging and established poets and writers, including the summer Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing, the Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series, and the annual poet-in-residence program. For more information, visit

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Posted Nov. 12, 2007