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Dr. Benjamin Myers

Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature
Professor of Literature and English

Office Location Owens Hall, 207
Phone (Office) 405.585.4243
OBU Mailbox # 61307


Benjamin Myers was the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma. He is the author of three books of poetry and of numerous essays and scholarly articles. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Image, 32 Poems, Measure, The Christian Century, and many other journals. His essays and reviews may be read in First Things, Books and Culture, World Literature Today, Oklahoma Today, and The Imaginative Conservative, as well as in various scholarly journals. He is a frequent lecturer at conferences and literary festivals around the country.

"Poetry in the Age of Superficiality"


  • B.A., University of the Ozarks
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Early English Literature
  • Milton
  • Shakespeare
  • Western Civilization I & II
  • Composition and Classical Literature
  • Freshman Honors
  • Freshman Composition

Publications and Presentations

  • Black Sunday: The Dust Bowl Sonnets (Lamar University Press, 2018)
  • Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013)
  • Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010)