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Benjamin W. Howard
Professor English, Emeritus
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B.A.: English
Drake University, 1966

M.A. : English and Creative Writing
Syracuse University, 1969

Ph. D. : English Literature
Syracuse University, 1971

Teaching Interests

Imaginative Writing
Irish Literature
Modern Poetry
Classical Guitar
Buddhist Meditation

Selected Publications


Dark Pool (poems). Salmon Publishing (Co. Clare, Ireland), 2004.

Midcentury (verse novella). Salmon, 1997.

Lenten Anniversaries: Poems 1982-1989. The Cummington Press, 1990.

Northern Interior: Poems 1975-1982. The Cummington Press, 1986.

Father of Waters: Poems 1965-1975. Abattoir Editions (University of Nebraska at Omaha), 1979.


The Pressed Melodeon: Essays on Modern Irish Writing. Story Line Press, 1996.

Inclusion in Anthologies

“Leaving Tralee,” in 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. Ed. Billy Collins. Random House, 2005.

“For the Calvinists,” in The POETRY Anthology 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine. Ed. Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young. Ivan R. Dee, 2002.

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Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
Excellence in Teaching Award, Alfred University, 1998
NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, 1993-1994
Fred H. Gertz Chair in Writing, Alfred University, 1996-1999
Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, Southern Humanities Review, 1995
Milton Dorfman Prize in Poetry, 1992
Hagar Chair in the Humanities, Alfred University
Alan Collins Fellowship in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1982
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1966-1967