About Us

About The Press

The mission of the Ashland Poetry Press is to publish and promote the best poetry submitted from new as well as established authors writing in English. 

The Ashland Poetry Press was founded in 1969 by Richard Snyder and Robert McGovern. Since then it has published more than 100 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 Deborah Fleming who also serves as editor. Deborah Fleming screens every submission for the Snyder Prize each year.  Read more about the editors and staff...

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 Series.

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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