Stephen Haven

Stephen Haven

MFA Director
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize.  He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks(University of New Mexico/West End Press, 2004).  He is also the author of the memoir, The River Lock:  One Boy’s Life along the Mohawk (Syracuse University Press, 2008).  He spent two years as a Fulbright Professor of American literature at universities in Beijing and has published many collaborative translations of contemporary Chinese poetry. Haven's poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Parnassus, American Poetry Review, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Common, Poetry New Zealand, Literary Imagination, World Literature (Beijing), Image, Crazyhorse and in many other journals. He has a Ph.D. in American civilization (literature, intellectual history and American painting) from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Harold Bloom, and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Iowa. He is Professor of English and director of the Ashland University MFA Program, where he also directs the Ashland Poetry Press.

Seminars and Readings by Stephen Haven


MFA, University of Iowa
MA, American Studies, University of Iowa
Ph.D., American Civilization, New York University

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