Northwestern's associate dean of graduate studies' publication hits best-sellers list

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Northwestern's associate dean of graduate studies' publication hits best-sellers list

December 15, 2015

 Holliday's Book

Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently published a book that made the “Oklahoma Best-Sellers List.”

Out of 10 best-sellers Holliday’s book, titled “The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Sourcebook, History, and Anthology,” ranked No. 8.

“I’m glad that my book will bring attention to the solid scholarly work that is occurring at Northwestern,” Holliday said.

The 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, Holliday’s 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.

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.

Holliday started the research for his book in February 2011. 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.

“The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Sourcebook, History, and Anthology” was published in February of 2015 with 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.

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