About the Press


The mission of the Ashland Poetry Press is to publish and promote the best poetry submitted from new and established authors writing in English, as well as translations of Spanish poetry into English. The press publishes mostly single-author collections, new and selected editions, anthologies, and collections of essays. We consider book-length manuscripts each year in our Snyder Prize competition. See the guidelines for the Snyder Prize.

The Ashland Poetry Press was founded in 1969 by Richard Snyder and Robert McGovern.  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. Since its founding it has published nearly 100 volumes of poetry and essays.

The press is directed by Chuck Carlise who also serves as editor.  Read more about the editors. 

Ashland Poetry Press adheres to the CLMP code of ethics. Close friends, family members, current or past students of the editors (or Snyder Judge) are all ineligible for publication. 

Ashland Poetry Press seeks to enhance its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcomes submissions from authors with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, including poets in the LGBTQ community, writers of color, and those with disabilities.

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

Editorial Board

  • Abeer Abdel-Hafez
  • Marilyn Chin
  • Mauricio Espinoza
  • Angie Estes
  • Deborah Fleming
  • Annie Finch
  • Alice Fulton
  • Eamon Grennan
  • William Heyen
  • Andrew Hudgins
  • Richard Jackson
  • Gerry LaFemina
  • Robert Phillips
  • Ruth L. Schwartz
  • Enid Shomer
  • Marcia Southwick
  • Elizabeth Spires
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Gregory Wolfe

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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. For more information about this program, please visit the website:

Ashland University English Department


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