Deborah Fleming, Director

Deborah Fleming, editor and director, is Professor of English at Ashland University. She is the author of a book of nonfiction, Resurrection of the Wild:  Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape (2019); two collections of poems, Morning, Winter Solstice (2012) and Into a New Country (2016); a novel, Without Leave (2014), winner of the Asheville Award from Black Mountain Press; and two chapbooks of poetry, Migrations (2005) and Source of the River (2018).

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 has won a Vandewater Poetry Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Council of Learned Societies, and four of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Her scholarship includes "A man who does not exist": The Irish Peasant in the Work of W.B. Yeats and J.M. Synge (1995), Towers of Myth and Stones: The Influence of W.B. Yeats on Robinson Jeffers (2015), Learning the Trade: W.B. Yeats and Contemporary Poetry, and W.B. Yeats and Postcolonialism. 


Jennifer Rathbun, Associate Editor

Jennifer RathbunAs a translator, Jennifer Rathbun has published: Fuego de voluntad/ Fire of Volition (Mantis Editores, 2020) by Mexican poet Fernando Carrerra; Adamar/Beloved (Artepoética Press, 2019) by Mexican poet Minerva Margarita Villarreal; La llama inclinada/ The Inclined Flame (Artepoética Press, 2018) by Colombian author Carlos Satízabal; Era hombre, era mito, era bestía/ Man Myth Beast (Editorial Ultramarina, 2013) by Mexican author Ivan Vergara; Tras el rayo/ Afterglow (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2011) by Mexican artist Alberto Blanco; and with Mexican transfronterizo author Juan Armando Rojas Joo: Como luz del río/ Like River Light (Artepoética Pres, 2019); Sanctuaries   Desert Sea (Artepoética Press, 2015), Luz/ Light (Editorial Ultramarina, 2013), Río vertebral/Vertebral River (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), Ceremonial de viento/ Ceremonial of Wind (La Cuadrilla de la Langosta, 2006), and the chapbooks Ofrendas/Offerings (Ohio Wesleyan University UP, 2012) and De caña de maíz y miel: 12 haikus de Ohio/On Cornstalks and Honey: 12 Ohio Haiku (Full/Crescent Press, 2018).

Rathbun is co-editor of the anthologies of poetry Sangre mía / Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (New Mexico State University UP, 2013) and Canto a una ciudad en el desierto (La Cuadrilla de la Langosta, 2004). In addition, she has published more than thirty poetic translations of Hispanic authors in prestigious national and international reviews and journals such as The Dirty Goat, Terre Incognita, Prism International, and International Poetry Review. Her original poetry has appeared in the journals Border Senses, La Revista Luna Zeta, Papeles de la Mancuspia and the anthology La Mujer Rota: Un Homenaje a las Mujeres Rotas del Mundo Poesía de autoras y autores hispanohablantes en el Centenario del Natalicio de Simone de Beauvoir (Literalia, 2008).

Jennifer Rathbun received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Contemporary Latin American Literature and she is currently a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages at Ashland University in Ohio.




Founding Editors


Robert McGovern (1927-2002)

In 1965, Robert McGovern left Radford College to become a professor at what is now Ashland University. With Richard Synder, he established the Ashland Poetry Press, an adjunct of Ashland University. McGovern, with Snyder, Joan Baranow, Stephen Haven, and Deborah Fleming, saw more than ninety 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. His critical works include 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 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. Snyder is the author of Practicing Our Sighs: The Collected Poetry of Richard Snyder (Ashland Poetry Press, 1989).


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