A Slant of Light : Reflections on Jack Wheatcroft


A Slant of Light : Reflections on Jack Wheatcroft

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Jack Wheatcroft (1925-2016) had a transformative impact on five decades of Bucknell students (1952-1996). He served the institution with great generosity of a kind that was rare for a teacher so immersed in his writing. He founded the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, the Philip Roth Visiting Writers Residency, and the magnificent Stadler Center for Poetry. He over saw the restoration of Bucknell Hall for the Stadler Center and today it is one of the most beautiful and distinguished buildings and centers on campus. He was largely responsible for the creation of Bucknell University Press. Jack Wheatcroft’s life and the evolution of Bucknell University in the twentieth century are inextricable. He was formative in helping to create and nurture a community of artists and intellectuals that helped to propel Bucknell into national prominence. Over fifty years, Jack Wheatcroft published twenty-six books of poetry, fiction, and plays. The essays in this festschrift, by former students (who have gone on to be writers and teachers themselves), colleagues, and friends are a testimony to an extraordinary teacher, writer, innovator, and trailblazer in creating a community and infrastructure of literary culture at a distinguished liberal arts college.-- publisher site




Jack Wheatcroft, Bucknell University, Faculty, English, Poetry, Fiction


English Language and Literature | Fiction | Poetry


Bucknell University Press


Lewisburg, Pennsylvania




Peter Balakian, editor ; Bruce Smith, editor

Foreword -- Peter Balakian, Bruce Smith, authors


Jack Wheatcroft -- Philip Roth, author

Jack Wheatcroft, In Memoriam -- Betsy Sholl, author

"History Became the Words": Trans/Scribing Conscience in John Wheatcroft's Answering Fire -- Cynthia Hogue, author

Collections of Stories, Years Later -- John Ramsay, author

Remembering John Wheatcroft -- Matthew Stevenson, author

Sundays -- Tom Gardner, author

Dear Katherine -- Jane Maas, author

Remembering Jack -- Gary Sojka, author

Memories of Jack Wheatcroft -- Jan Balakian, author

Jack Wheatcroft -- Dennis O'Brien, author

Marginalia --Teresa Leo, author

Bucknell's Boy of Summer -- Kurt Landefeld, author

Jack -- Philip Brady, author

Rhyming Forward and Back -- Dierdre O'Connor, author

Jack Wheatcroft and The Stadler Center for Poetry -- Anne Rogers Poliakoff, author

Jack, Some Scenes -- Peter Balakian, author

Jack Wheatcroft: Recreant at Lewisburg -- Bruce Smith, author

Late Afternoon, Bucknell Hall -- Shara McCallum, author


A Slant of Light : Reflections on Jack Wheatcroft