Stephen Haven

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Translator

Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts US

Author's Bio

Stephen Haven is Core Professor of Literature and Creative Writing in the Humanities Department at Lesley University. He was the founding director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Ashland University, where he served as director for ten years. Later he directed the MFA in Creative Program at Lesley University. He has been a fellow or visiting writer at many universities and art centers, including the Chautauqua Institute, Meacham Workshops (University of Tennessee--Chattanooga), Michigan State Poetry Center, Yaddo, MacDowell, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Djerassi Foundation, Ubud International Writers Festival (Bali), Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Amherst College, Chongqing University (China), Fulbright Foundation (two years teaching in Beijing: Beijing Normal University & People's University).

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press, 2008)
The River Lock: One Boy's Life along the Mohawk (Syracuse University Press, 2008)


Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (Bottom Dog Press, 2005)
Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange (Mammoth Books, 2003)
And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century (Ashland Poetry Press, 1999)
The Flight from Meaning (Slant Books, 2024)
The Last Sacred Place in North America (New American Press, 2012)
Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008)
The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (West End Press, 2004)
The Enemy in Defensive Positions: Poems from China (Poetry Miscellany Chapbooks, 2008)
American Journal of Poetry
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Artful Dodge
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Asheville Poetry Review
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Literary Imagination
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Northwest Review
Poetry Miscellany
Poetry New Zealand
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Western Humanities Review


Trees Grow Lively on Snowy Fields: Poems from Contemporary China by collaborative translators Stephen Haven, Jin Zhong, Li Yongyi, Wang Shouyi;, translated from the Chinese (Twelve Winters Press, 2021)
Prizes won: 

2019 International Beverly Prize for Literature Finalist (Eyewear Publishing, London); 2011 New American Prize (New American Press, publication award for collection of poems, The Last Sacred Place in North America, 2012, selected by T.R. Hummer); 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year (book prize for Dust and Bread); five Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist grants; 3 residency MacDowell Fellowships, 2 residency Yaddo Fellowships, one residency fellowship Djerassi Foundation; Fulbright teaching fellowships to universities in Beijing, 1990-1991 & 1997-1998

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Amsterdam, NY
New York
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Last update: Feb 12, 2023