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About Stephen Haven

Stephen Haven has published three books of poems, Last Sacred Place in North American (New American Press, 2012),Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008) and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (West End Press, 2004), and one memoir, The River Lock: One Boy’s Life along the Mohawk (Syracuse University Press, 2008). Last Sacred Place in North America was selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize. For Dust and Bread, he was named 2009 Co-Ohio Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association. Haven has also published a chapbook of collaborative translations from contemporary Chinese poetry, The Enemy in Defensive Positions (Poetry Miscellany Chapbooks, 2008). He is editor of The Poetry of W.D. Snodgrass: Everything Human (University of Michigan Press, 1993) and co-editor of two anthologies of contemporary poetry.
Haven's poetry and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, Parnassus, Literary Imagination, Crazyhorse, American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, Image, Western Humanities Review, The Missouri Review, and in many other journals. He has an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Harold Bloom. Haven has been a repeat fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell, twice a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature (poetry) at universities in Beijing, and has won four individual artist grants and one residency fellowship (at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center) from the Ohio Arts Council.
Haven is Director of the Ashland University MFA Program in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, and Director of the Ashland Poetry Press.


Present Director Ashland Poetry Press, Ashland University
Present Director MFA Program, Ashland University

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 New American Poetry Prize
  • 2014 Djerassi Foundation Poetry Residency