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Stephen Haven


Stephen Haven

As Professor of Creative Writing, I ask students to keep in mind a tension between the necessities of form/structure in their writing and a necessary sense of spontaneity/freedom that rebels against and leavens the dictates of form/structure.

I spent 4 years in Somerville/North Cambridge in the 1980s and have come full circle in joining the Lesley University Faculty.  I wrote my dissertation at NYU under the supervision of Harold Bloom.



Trees Grow Lively on Snowy Fields (Chinese translation anthology)
The Last Sacred Place in North America (poetry)
Dust and Bread (poetry)
The River Lock (memoir) 
The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (poetry)
The Poetry of W.D. Snodgrass: Everything Human (editor)


The Enemy in Defensive Positions: Poems from China (collaborative translations)


Poems published in American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, North American Review, The Southern Review, Parnassus, Guernica, Literary Imagination, Blackbird, Image, and other journals.

Affiliations: Ashland University MFA Director, 2006-2016

Awards: 2010 Winner of the New American Press Poetry Prize (T.R. Hummer judge); 2009 Ohio Poet of the year; two year-long Fulbright Teaching Fellowships to universities in Beijing; Writer in Residence fellowships at the Chautauqua Institution; five Individual Excellence Awards in Poetry, Ohio Arts Council; residency fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Djerassi Foundation, and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA


Ph.D. in American Civilization, New York University
M.A. in American Studies, University of Iowa
M.F.A. in Poetry, University of Iowa
B.A. in American Studies, Amherst College