The Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series was established in 1995 through the generosity of Gary Sojka, who served as president of Bucknell University from 1985-1995, and his wife, Sandra. The Sojka Visiting Poet Series brings a distinguished poet to Bucknell for a visit each fall. In addition to presenting a reading, the Sojka poet meets in an informal venue with students and other members of the Bucknell community.

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

2016-17 Sojka Visiting Poet

Jane Hirschfield

Jane Hirshfield

Related Events

  • Q&A: Tuesday, Oct. 18 at noon in Walls Lounge
  • Poetry Reading: Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, including the recently published The Beauty (longlisted for the National Book Award ); Come, Thief; After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times); Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award); The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace, as well as two books of essays, the recently published Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015), which was awarded the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She has also edited and co-translated four books containing the work of poets from the past: The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi & Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Japanese Court; Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women; Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems; and The Heart of Haiku, on Matsuo Basho, named an Amazon Best Book of 2011.

Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; and (both twice) The California Book Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. In 2012 she was received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

Hirshfield’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, The Nation, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, eight editions of The Best American Poetry, five Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and many other publications.  Her work frequently appears on Garrison Keillor’s “Writers Almanac” program and she has been featured in two Bill Moyers PBS television specials. In fall 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Former Sojka Visiting Poets

2015-16 Cole Swenson
2014-15 Kendel Hippolyte
2013-14 Marilyn Hacker
2012-13 Naomi Shihab Nye
2011-12 Tony Hoagland
2010-11 Carl Phillips
2009-10 Baron Wormser
2008-09 Adam Zagajewski
2007-08 Robin Becker
2006-07 Cornelius Eady
2005-06 Philip Appleman
2004-05 Elizabeth Alexander
2003-04 Stephen Dunn
2002-03 Maxine Kumin
2001-02 Paul Muldoon
2000-01 Robert Pinsky
1999-00 Eavan Boland
1998-99 John Haines
1997-98 Lorna Goodison
1996-97 Donald Justice
1995-96 Ellen Bryant Voigt


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