Holliday publishes book on Oklahoma poet laureate position

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Holliday publishes book on Oklahoma poet laureate position

 "The Oklahoma Poets Laureate" book cover
Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will have his third book published on Feb. 28.

Titled “The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Sourcebook, History, and Anthology,” Holliday’s book traces the history of Oklahoma’s poet laureate position from its beginnings in 1923 to the present day.

Beginning with a brief history of the poet laureate position, his book contains a biographical entry on each of Oklahoma’s 20 poets laureate, critical commentaries on their work, a list of primary and secondary sources for further research, and several poems by each poet.

Holliday said he started this project in February 2011, almost four years to the date of publication, spending weekends “holed-up in his man-cave” to write. He took on the project when he realized that no anthology of Oklahoma literature existed and that many citizens were unaware that Oklahoma even had a poet laureate.

His purpose with the book is to celebrate the Oklahoma poets laureate and to exhume the work of those early poets whose books have been long out of print and inform Oklahomans of a small piece of their literary history.

“The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Sourcebook, History, and Anthology” was published in the Twin Territories imprint of Norman’s Mongrel Empire Press, an eclectic independent publishing house established in 2007 to make the best Oklahoma writing available to the general public.

Holliday’s book costs $18 and is available for purchase at bookstores throughout Oklahoma, as well as on such sites as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

For more information contact Holliday at spholliday@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8589.