Deborah Fleming, Director

Deborah Fleming, former editor and current director, is Professor of English at Ashland University.  She is the author of the poetry collections Into a New Country (2017, WordTech), Morning, Winter Solstice (Vineyard Press, 2012) and a chapbook, Migrations, published by Finishing Line Press in 2005.

Individual poems have been published in such journals as The Alembic, Cottonwood, Karamu, Organization and Environment, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, The Journal, Hiram Poetry Review, Pennsylvania Review, Ibis, Pike Creek Review, Blueline, Natural Bridge, Sucarnochee Review, and others. She is winner of the Vandewater Poetry Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Council of Learned Societies.

Currently at work on a novella, she has completed two novels and published "A man who does not exist":  The Irish Peasant in the Work of W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge with the University of Michigan Press as well as articles on Yeats, Jeffers, Grennan, and Leopold. Visit http://works.bepress.com/deborah_fleming/ for more information.

Cassandra Brown, Managing Editor

Cassandra Brown, is acting Managing Editor for the Ashland Poetry Press. She also works with the Ashland University's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.  


Founding Editors


Robert McGovern (1927-2002)

In 1965, Robert McGovern accepted an associate professorship at what is now Ashland University. Before that, he had taught at Radford College. McGovern was interviewed and hired for his position at Ashland by poet and fiction writer Richard Snyder, who died in 1986. Together they established the Ashland Poetry Press, an adjunct of Ashland University. McGovern, with Snyder, Joan Baranow, and Stephen Haven, saw some fifty books through the press. A writer as well as a scholar, McGovern published two books of poems, A Feast of Flesh (Ashland Poetry Press, 1974) and Fool: Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2001). He also published in journals scores of poems as well as critical works, including monographs on Louis Coxe, Hollis Summers and Judson Jerome, as well as shorter critical pieces. He held a Ph.D. in English from Case Western University, and wrote the reviews of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for over a decade. With Snyder, McGovern developed the creative writing major at Ashland University, one of the first programs in the country. He succeeded Snyder as chair of the English Department in 1986 and retired from teaching and administrative work on campus in 1999.

Richard Snyder (1925-1986)

Poet, fiction writer, playwright, and Professor of English at Ashland University, Richard Snyder served for fifteen years as English department chair. Snyder and Robert McGovern founded the Ashland Poetry Press in 1969. Synder is the author of Practicing Our Sighs: The Collected Poetry of Richard Snyder (Ashland Poetry Press, 1989).


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