A book recently published by the Ashland Poetry Press (housed in the Ashland University English Department), The Rigid Body by Gabriel Spera, was the a silver medal winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Award in the Poetry category. An awards ceremony was held on May 29 in New York City.
The Rigid Body was the winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize, judged by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, in 2011. Deborah Fleming, professor of English at Ashland University and Editor of the Ashland Poetry Press, selected Spera's book as a finalist for the Snyder Prize. The Ashland Poetry Press is directed by Stephen Haven and managed by Sarah M. Wells.