Initiated in 1998, Stadler Fellowships offer a recent MFA (or creative writing MA) graduate in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. Stadler Fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Stadler Fellows assist for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, Bucknell's nationally distinguished literary journal. Fellows also work as staff members and instructors in the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, each Fellow is provided health insurance, office space in the Stadler Center, and housing. Depending on circumstances, Fellows are either housed in a furnished apartment in the Poet's Cottage or provided with a stipend to seek housing on their own in Lewisburg. The Stadler Fellowship is potentially renewable for a second year.
Several recent Stadler Fellows have published books or received other honors subsequent to their fellowships, including Will Schutt (Westerly, Yale Prize for Younger Poets), Betsy Wheeler (Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room, National Poetry Review Press), Jamaal May (Hum, Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books), Carolina Ebeid (You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior, Noemi Press), Justin Boening (Not On the Last Day, But On the Very Last, National Poetry Series, Milkweed), and E.G. Means (Natality, Noemi Press).
In fall 2017, the Stadler Center will accept applications for the 2018-19 Stadler Fellowships. The application deadline is Oct. 15, 2017. For eligibility and application requirements, and to submit an application, please use the Stadler Center Application Portal.
Monica Sok, 2016–18 Stadler Fellow, is a Cambodian poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the chapbook Year Zero, from Poetry Society of America. A Kundiman fellow, Sok has received honors from the NEA, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Hedgebrook, Jerome Foundation, MacDowell Colony, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and elsewhere. Her poems appear in Narrative, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others.
David Winter, 2016–18 Stadler Fellow, is the author of the poetry chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press), and the recipient of a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His poems appear in The Baffler, Forklift, Ohio, Four Way Review, Meridian, New Poetry From the Midwest, Ninth Letter, The Offing and elsewhere. David received his MFA from the Ohio State University in 2015, where he served as a Poetry Editor for The Journal.
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