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 Younger 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.

Several recent Stadler Fellows have published books or received other honors subsequent to their fellowships, including Erinn Batykefer (Allegheny, Monongahela, Red Hen Press), K.A. Hays (Dear Apocalypse and Early Creatures, Native Gods, Carnegie Mellon), Ron Mohring (Survivable World, Washington Prize), Will Schutt (Westerly, Yale Prize for Younger Poets), Betsy Wheeler (Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room, National Poetry Review Press), and Jamaal May (Hum, Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books).

This year, the Stadler Center will select one Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year. The Fellowship will extend from August 2016 through June 2017. The application deadline is Oct. 1, 2015. For guidelines and to submit an application, please use the Stadler Center Application Portal.

Current Stadler Fellows


Emily Goodman Means

Emily Goodman Means

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  • Poetry Reading: Tuesday, March 1 at noon in Walls Lounge (ELC 213). FREE and open to the public.

Stadler Fellow 2015-16 (1st Year)

Emily Goodman Means holds an MFA from Brown University, where she taught undergraduate poetry workshops. Her poems appear in Lana Turner, The New Delta Review, The Berkley Review and The Black Warrior Review. She is a co-founder and co-editor of A Perimeter.

Chet'la Sebree

Chet'la Sebree

Stadler Fellow 2014-15 (2nd Year)

Chet'la Sebree, the 2014-2015 Stadler Fellow, is a native of the Mid-Atlantic region. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University, where she also taught freshman composition.

While living in the nation's capital, she was a 2011-2012 Folger Shakespeare Theater Lannan Fellow and worked for Poet Lore. Recently, she judged the 2015 Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Poetry Contest and joined the Duke Youth Program's summer faculty in their W.R.I.T.E. program. Her work can be found in jubilat and is forthcoming elsewhere.

She is currently working on her first manuscript.

Former Stadler Fellows

2013-15 Justin Boening

2012-14 Carolina Ebeid

2011-13 Jamaal May

2010-12 Diana Park

2009-11 Will Schutt

2008-10 K. A. Hays

2007-09 Erinn Batykefer

2005-07 Betsy Wheeler

2003-05 Rebecca Warner

2001-03 Ron Mohring

1999-2001 Michael Carlin

1998-99 Kathy Murphy

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