Ashland Poetry Press Book Named as Finalist

Ashland Poetry Press Book Named as Finalist

5/8/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – One of Ashland University’s Ashland Poetry Press books, “The Rigid Body” by Gabriel Spera, has been named as one of three finalists in the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards Competition.

Sarah Wells, administrative director of the Master of Fine Arts program at Ashland University, said that Spera’s book, “The Rigid Body,” was selected as one of three finalists in the category of Poetry/Literary Criticism.

Wells will be representing the Poetry Press and will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award at the awards ceremony that will be held in New York City on May 29.

Wells said that being named to receive at least the silver finalist winner is a great honor.

“This is quite an accomplishment, as many categories have from 30, up to 100 title entries,” said Terry Nathan, chief operations officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###