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Dr. Ben Myers

Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature
Professor of Literature and English


Benjamin Myers is the author of two books of poetry: the forthcoming Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press 2010), for which he won the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. His poems may be read in numerous literary journals, including Nimrod, The Iron Horse Literary Review, The New York Quarterly, Christianity and Literature, and Measure. He also reviews poetry for several publications, including World Literature Today.


B.A., University of the Ozarks

M.A., Washington University

Ph.D., Washington University

Selected Publications


  • Lapse Americana. forthcoming from New York Quarterly Books, 2013.
  • Elegy for Trains. Village Books Press, 2010.

Poems in Selected Journals

  • Nimrod, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Concho River Review, San Pedro River Review, The New York Quarterly, Measure, Christianity and Literature, Ruminate, The Pedestal Magazine, The New Plains Review, The Chiron Review, Westview.

Poems in Anthologies

  • Ain’t Nobody that Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing. Mongrel Empire Press, 2010. Travelin’ Music: A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie. Village Books Press, 2010. America at War. McElderry, 2008.

Scholarly Articles

  • “The Green and Golden World: Spenser’s Rewriting of the Munster Plantation” English Literary History (ELH) 76 (2009): 473-490.
  • “Wordsworth’s Financial Sublime: Money and Meaning in Book VII of The Prelude” South Central Review 25.2 (2008): 80-90.
  • “Pro-War and Prothalamion: Queen, Colony, and Somatic Metaphor Among Spenser’s ‘Knights of the Maidenhead,’” English Literary Renaissance 37 (2007): 215-249.
  • “‘Such is the Face of Falsehood’: Spenserian Theodicy in Ireland,”Studies in Philology 103 (2006): 383-416.

Scholarly Notes

  • “Malory’s Balin and Spenser’s Bourbon” Discoveries: The Newsletter of the South Central Renaissance Conference 27.1 (2010).
  • “Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene 6.10.1-4” The Explicator 66 (2008): 237-240.
  • “John Ashbery’s ‘Definition of Blue’ and ‘They Dream Only of America’” The Explicator 65.1 (2006): 47-50.