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Dr. Benjamin Myers

Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature
Professor of Literature and English
Director of the Honors Program

Office Location Mabee Learning Center, 320
Phone (Office) 405.585.4243

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Benjamin Myers is the director of OBU's Great Books Honors Program. He is the author of four books of poetry and two books of nonfiction, and he was the 2015-2016 poet laureate of the state of Oklahoma. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Image, The Christian Century, Rattle, and many other widely-circulated journals, and he has written essays for many prominent outlets, including First Things, The American Conservative, and The Gospel Coalition. Dr. Myers is a member of Chandler First Baptist Church, where he teaches adult Bible study and serves as a deacon.


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

Courses Taught

  • Great Books
  • English and American Literature
  • Creative Writing

Professional Memberships

  • Chrysostom Society
  • National Association of Scholars
  • Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature

Awards and Honors

  • OBU Student Government Association "Seven Who Care Award," 2022
  • OBU Promising Teacher Award, 2009
  • Oklahoma Poet Laureate, 2015-2016

Selected Publications

  • Tradition and Convention: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Education (Belle Point Press, 2023)
  • The Family Book of Martyrs: Poems (Lamar University Press, 2023)
  • A Poetics of Orthodoxy: Christian Truth as Aesthetic Foundation (Cascade Books, 2020)
  • Black Sunday: The Dust Bowl Sonnets (Lamar University Press, 2019)
  • Lapse Americana: Poems (New York Quarterly Books, 2013)