Deborah Fleming, Director

Deborah Fleming, editor and director, is Professor of English at Ashland University.She is the author of 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 Scholars, 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. 

Paige Webb, Managing Editor

Paige Webb is acting Managing Editor for the Ashland Poetry Press. She also serves as the Administrative Director of Ashland University's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, Vinyl, on the Academy of American Poets website, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Tussle, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2019.


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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