About Us

About The Press

The mission of the Ashland Poetry Press is to help top-rate poets in mid-career break through to first or second book publication, and to help mature poets define the best accomplishments of their writing careers through the publication of volumes of selected works.

The Ashland Poetry Press was founded in 1969 by Richard Snyder and Robert McGovern. Since then it has published some 90 volumes of poetry and books about poetry. The press began with the publication of the anthology, 60 on the 60s. In subsequent decades, we published similar anthologies--70 on the 70s80 on the 80s, culminating with our end of the millennium volume,And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century.

We consider unsolicited, book-length manuscripts each year in our Snyder Prize competition. See the guidelines for the Snyder Prize. The press is directed by Stephen Haven. Deborah Fleming serves as editor.  Our managing editor is Cassandra Brown. Deborah Fleming screens every submission for the Snyder Prize each year.  Read more about the editors...

The press appreciates the support and guidance of its Editorial Board, who rotate as judges for the Snyder Prize and offer their nominations for the McGovern Series every other year.

Editorial Board

  • Marilyn Chin
  • Angie Estes
  • Annie Finch
  • Alice Fulton
  • Eamon Grennan
  • William Heyen
  • Andrew Hudgins
  • Richard Jackson
  • John Kinsella
  • Gerry LaFemina
  • Robert Phillips
  • Ruth L. Schwartz
  • Enid Shomer
  • Marcia Southwick
  • Elizabeth Spires
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Gregory Wolfe

Member of the Independent Book Publishers Association

Independent Book Publishers

Member of Council of Literary Magazines and Presses


About Ashland University

The Ashland Poetry Press resides in the English Department at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. The Poetry Press complements a growing literary community at Ashland University, which houses a strong undergraduate creative writing program, a thriving creative nonfiction literary journal entitled River Teeth, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts Program offering degree tracks in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, with cross genre options. For more information about these programs, please visit their websites:

Ashland University English Department
Ashland University Low-Residency MFA Program
River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative


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