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* English Research: Poetry

Use this guide as a starting point for researching literary topics.

Snyder Poetry Collection

The Snyder Poetry Collection is housed on the fifth floor of the library. 

Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. He served for fifteen years as English department chair, and in 1969 co-founded and served as co-editor of the Ashland Poetry Press. He was also co-founder of the creative writing major at Ashland University, one of the first at the undergraduate level in the country.


Ashland Poetry Press

About the Ashland Poetry Press

The mission of the Ashland Poetry Press is to help top-rate poets in mid-career break through to first or second book publication, and to help mature poets define the best accomplishments of their writing careers through the publication of volumes of selected works.

The Ashland Poetry Press was founded in 1969 by Richard Snyder and Robert McGovern. Since then it has published some 90 volumes of poetry and books about poetry.

The press considers unsolicited, book-length manuscripts each year in the Snyder Prize competition. See the guidelines for the Snyder Prize.

Reference Books in the AU Library

Reference books are located on the Main Floor and must be used in the library.  They are a wonderful starting point for any research and provide an overview of topics and issues.  Reference books frequently include a bibliography that may lead you to other useful resources.  Here are a few selected titles:

Poet & the Poem Audio Webcasts

The Poet and the Poem is an ongoing series of live poetry interviews by the Library of Congress. Featured poets discuss their craft and sources of inspiration.

Inaugural Poem

From the New York Times, a transcript of the inaugural poem, Praise Song for the Day, written and recited by Elizabeth Alexander.  Provided by Graywolf Press.


New In Poetry