3/20/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Poetry Press at Ashland University is celebrating its 50th year of publication this year. The Ashland Poetry Press was founded in 1969 by Richard Snyder and Robert McGovern and since then it has published more than 100 volumes of poetry and books about poetry, including the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, the McGovern New and Selected Series and the new Translation Series.
To celebrate this milestone of 50 years, Ashland Poetry Press will hold a 50th anniversary reception on Monday, April 8, following a poetry reading by Mark Jarman. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education.
Jarman, who is professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., served as the 2018 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize judge for Ashland Poetry Press. Jarman has published numerous collections of poetry, including “Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems” (2011); “Epistles” (2007); “To the Green Man” (2004); “Unholy Sonnets” (2000); “Questions for Ecclesiastes” (1997), which won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; “Iris” (1992); “The Black Riviera” ( 1990), which won the 1991 Poets’ Prize; “Far and Away” (1985); “The Rote Walker” (1981); and “North Sea” (1978).
In addition, those on campus and in the community are encouraged to visit the Ashland University Library, where there is an Ashland Poetry Press display on the outer west display table.
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###