Bucknell established the Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters in 2002 to honor and recognize individuals who represent the highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction or biography.

The Weis Fellowship was established through a grant from the Degenstein Foundation in honor of Janet Weis, an author, civic leader and philanthropist as well as trustee emerita of the University. Her husband, Sigfried Weis, was chair of the Bucknell Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1988.

2018 Recipient

Peter Balakian '73, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Peter Balakian '73, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English and director of creative writing at Colgate University, is the 13th Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters at Bucknell. 

Mr. Balakian will accept the award during a ceremony on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. After the presentation, Balakian will read from his poetry and memoir, and then engage in a moderated discussion with Bucknell Professor of English Harold Schweizer. A book-signing will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

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