Workshop Instructors

Robin Davidson

Robin Davidson is the author of Luminous Other (forthcoming, Ashland Poetry Press, 2013).  Her poems and translations have appeared in such American literary journals as 91st Meridian, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Literary Imagination, the Paris Review, Poet Lore, qarrtsiluni, Tampa Review, Words Without Borders, as well as the Polish journal, Fraza. She earned a BA in French from the University of Texas at Austin, and MA and PhD degrees in creative writing from the University of Houston. In 2003-2004 she served as a Fulbright scholar at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and her book The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska, translated from the Polish with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska, appeared from Northwestern University Press in 2009. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for Arts literature fellowship in translation, two Houston Arts Alliance awards in poetry, and the Abiko International Poetry Prize in Japan. She currently teaches creative writing as an associate professor of English for the University of Houston-Downtown.

Deborah Fleming

Dr. Deborah Fleming, Professor of English, received her Ph.D. in 1985 from Ohio State University and is Editor of the Ashland Poetry Press. Her research interests include W. B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers, Anglo-Irish Literature, Modern Poetry, and Environmentalist Literature. She is the author of “A man who does not exist”: The Irish Peasant in W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge from the University of Michigan Press and articles in such journals as Jeffers Studies, Eire-Ireland, and Papers in Comparative Literature. She has published a novel, Without Leave, a full-length collection of poems, Morning, Winter Solstice, and a chapbook of poetry, Migrations.  Individual poems appear in such journals as Hiram Poetry Review, Organization and Environment, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Karamu, Cottonwood, Pennsylvania Review, and Blueline. She received the Vandewater Poetry Award from Ohio State and a fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities, and she had been a keynote speaker at the W. B. Yeats Society of New York and the Tor House Foundation Fall Festival.

Stephen Haven

Dr. Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year, and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (University of New Mexico/West End Press, 2004). He is also the author of the memoir, The River Lock: One Boy’s Life along the Mohawk (Syracuse University Press, 2008). He spent two years as a Fulbright Professor of American literature at universities in Beijing and has published many collaborative translations of contemporary Chinese poetry. Haven's poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Parnassus, American Poetry Review, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Common, Poetry New Zealand, Literary Imagination, World Literature (Beijing), Image, Crazyhorse, and in many other journals. He has a Ph.D. in American Civilization (literature, intellectual history, and American Painting) from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Harold Bloom, and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Iowa. He is Professor of English and Director of the Ashland University MFA Program, where he also directs the Ashland Poetry Press.

Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes from Wipf and Stock Publishers (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Poems by Wells have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Ascent, Chautauqua, Christianity & Literature, The Common, JAMA, Literary Mama, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published by Ascent, Brevity, Relief, River Teeth and other journals and websites.

Sarah's poetry has been honored with two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her essay in Ascent, "Those Summers, These Days" was listed as a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2012. She has received scholarships to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and West Chester Poetry Conferences.

Sarah serves as the Administrative Director for the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University and Managing Editor for the Ashland Poetry Press and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.

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