Poet Donna Hilbert, author of Gravity: New & Selected Poems, writes, “Clifton Snider’s beautiful collection, Stubborn Heart, maps his world from mid-western Pentecostal beginnings, coming of age in Southern California during an era deeply scarred by homophobia, and traveling through Reykjavik, Istanbul, Quintana Roo among many destinations. But, the real terrain is the human heart, most poignantly, watching his beloved’s march to destruction: Goodbye to torment and to hope./ Our love is now the stuff of stars.”
I co-founded the small press poetry magazine Sheila-Na-Gig in California in 1990. I ran the press for 10 years, producing 14 print copies of the journal. I now hold a Ph.D. in 20th Century American Literature from Ohio University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. I am currently an Associate Professor of English at Ohio University Southern, where I teach courses in composition, American literature, and creative writing. My poetry, creative nonfiction, and critical essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Brock Review, Proteus, Rattle, Spillway, and the critical anthologies, The Body in Medical Culture; On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs; and Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics: Reflections on the Modern Master of Horror.