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Benjamin Myers

Benjamin MyersBenjamin Myers was the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma and is the author of three books of poetry: Black Sunday (Lamar University Press, 2018), Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010). His poems may be read in The Yale Review, Rattle, 32 Poems, Image, Nimrod and other literary journals as well as in magazines such as Oklahoma Today and The Christian Century. He has been honored with an Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and with a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His prose appears in World Literature Today, Books and Culture, First Things and other magazines. Myers teaches poetry writing and literature at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature. His first book of non-fiction, A Poetics of Orthodoxy, is forthcoming from Cascade Books.

About Black Sunday

Black SundayBlack Sunday transports readers into the world of the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma where desperation, darkness, and despair reign, though hope lingers, too. The series of sonnets follows four characters through their experiences during one of the most trying times in our nation's history. In addition, the long, dramatic poem, “Faith Healer,” gives readers a glimpse into a child’s view of these historical events. These accessible, crafted, and wholly moving poems remind readers of the importance and power of love in the darkest times.


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