Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers (Poetry) | Chandler, OK

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Benjamin Myers was the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma. He is the author of three books of poetry, and his poems have appeared in many literary journals, including The Yale Review, Image, Poetry Northwest, Measure, and Ninth Letter. His literary criticism has appeared in World Literature Today, First Things, and other journals. Myers has read his work and lectured at numerous conferences and literary festivals around country. He teaches creative writing and literature at Oklahoma Baptist University.


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

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Myers’ honesty about our condition, our hatred and yet longing for God, creates a tension we all feel and grapple with in our lives of faith and practice.”
Ruminate Magazine

“The more I have read this poem and listened to it in my head, the more I have wanted to hear it sung by Bob Dylan or Gillian Welch or Shara Worden or some haunting voice entirely new to me”
—John Wilson, Books and Culture

“Sometimes, every once in awhile, you’re happy for a random email you didn’t expect to get and didn’t ask for in the first place. Recently I received an announcement about an upcoming literature conference. One featured reader would be a poet with whom I was unfamiliar, and whose first book is now available. The poet was Benjamin Myers, and his book, much recommended, is Elegy for Trains. Hooray for email, I say. At least every once in awhile.”
—Brett Foster, Englewood Review of Books

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