MORGANTOWN - Caleb Stacy, a Mingo County native and a senior English student at West Virginia University, is one of 10 students selected to attend the 2014 Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets.
The seminar, which runs June 8-29 at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry in Lewisburg, Pa., is an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and be guided by established poets.
Stacy will receive a fellowship that covers tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. The 2014 staff will include Acting Director K.A. Hays, Associate Director Deirdre O’Connor, and Stadler Fellows Carolina Ebeid and Justin Boening. Visiting poets Carl Phillips and Chase Twichell will complete the lineup.
“I am honored to have been accepted as a member of the seminar and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with Carl Phillips and Chase Twichell, not to mention the other student members,” Stacy said.
“Because of the funding, it’s an opportunity to focus entirely on the writing. Opportunities like this are few and far between, so I’m certainly excited about having an extended period of time to work.”
Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences. In the past, such poets as Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Mary Ruefle, Gerald Stern, David St. John, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Jean Valentine have served as visiting poets.
“We’re all very proud of Caleb,” said Mary Ann Samyn, director of WVU’s Creative Writing Program.
“He’s a talented poet and it’s nice to see him recognized in this way,” Samyn said. “I’m confident Caleb will have a great time at Bucknell and serve as an excellent representative of WVU.”