Stephen Haven is a poet, scholar, and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Professional Title: MFA Faculty, Program Director
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Poetry/American Literature
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Poetry
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: · Creative Writing I-IV br> · Craft and Reflection I-III br> · Graduating Seminar Preparation br> ·Creative Thesis br> · Disjunctive Effects in Poetry br> · Personal Entry in Public Histories in Poetry
Education: B.A., American Studies, Amherst College; M.F.A. in Poetry, University of Iowa; M.A. in American Studies, University of Iowa; Ph.D., American Civilization, New York University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: BooksThe 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)ChapbooksThe Enemy in Defensive Positions: Poems from China (collaborative translations)JournalsPoems published in American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, North American Review, The Southern Review, Parnassus, Guernica, Literary Imagination, Blackbird, Image, and other journals.
Fun Facts: 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.
Teaching Philosophy: 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.Affiliations: Ashland University MFA Director, 2006-2016Awards: 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
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