Since its initiation in 1981, the Poet-in-Residence program has brought writers of national and international renown for an extended stay during the spring semester. The Poet-in-Residence teaches a master class or meets individually with qualified students, gives a public reading and a lecture or Q&A session, and otherwise serves as an active literary presence on campus. The program honors the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with that poet.

Among our recent Poets-In-Residence are Natasha Trethewey, Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Dean Young, Chase Twichell, and Claudia Rankine. See below for a full list of former Poets-in-Residence.

Poets are chosen by invitation only; the Stadler Center does not accept applications for this position.

2016-17 Poet-in-Residence

Mary Ruefle

Related Events

  • Poetry Reading: Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall
  • Q&A: Thursday, Feb. 2 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213)

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle was born in 1952 near Pittsburgh. She spent her youth travelling widely in the U.S. and Europe with her military family before graduating from Bennington College in 1974.

Ruefle has published many books of poetry, including Trances of the Blast (2013); Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012); Selected Poems (2010); A Little White Shadow (2006), an art book of "erasures"; Tristimania (2003), Among the Musk Ox People (2002); Apparition Hill (2001); Post Meridian (2000); Cold Pluto (1996); The Adamant (1989), winner of the 1988 Iowa Poetry Prize; Life Without Speaking (1987); and Memling's Veil (1982). She is also the author of a book of prose, The Most of It (2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go To Bed (2007).

Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

Former Poets-in-Residence

2014-15 Chase Twichell
2013-14 Dean Young
2012-13 Terrance Hayes
2011-12 Mark Doty
2010-11 Natasha Trethewey
2009-10 Tim Seibles
2008-09 Nance Van Winckel
2007-08 James Harms
2006-07 Marilyn Chin
2005-06 Carol Frost
2004-05 Michael Waters
2003-04 Liliana Ursu
2002-03 Sonia Sanchez
2001-02 Betsy Sholl
2000-01 John Haines
1999-00 Linda Gregg


1998-99 Peggy Shumaker
1997-98 Tess Gallagher
1996-97 Afaa M. Weaver
1995-96 William Matthews
1994-95 Bruce Smith
1993-94 Gerald Stern
1992-93 Molly Peacock
1991-92 Colette Inez
1990-91 Louis Simpson
1989-90 Jean Valentine
1988-89 Irving Feldman
1987-88 Madeline DeFrees
1986-87 Wendell Berry
1985-86 Mary Oliver
1984-85 Karl Shapiro
1983-84 Hayden Carruth
1982-83 Maxine Kumin
1981-82 Carolyn Kizer


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