David Caplan

Interim English Department Chair
Professor of English


  • B.A., Hobart College
  • M.F.A., University of Florida
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


David Caplan is the Charles M. Weis Professor of English and the Associate Director of Creative Writing. He also serves as the Interim English Department Chair. His scholarly interests include poetics and contemporary poetry. He has published seven books: Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (Oxford University Press, 2004), Poetic Form: An Introduction (Longman, 2006), In the World He Created According to His Will (poems) (University of Georgia Press, 2010), Rhyme’s Challenge: Poetry, Hip Hop, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014), On Rhyme (Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2017), Into My Garden (poems) (Ben Yehuda Press, 2020), and American Poetry: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2021). Presses Universitaires de Liège also published a French edition of his book, Questions of Possibility, titled Questions de Possibilité, Poésie Contemporaine et Forme Poétique in 2016.

Caplan serves as a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review and to Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, an affiliated researcher (Chercheur Affilié) at the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée, and an Affiliated Professor at the University of Haifa.

Twice he has been a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Liège. He also was the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association's Creative Writing Forum. He chaired the forum in 2020. His other honors include the Virginia Quarterly Review's Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, the Welch Award for Scholarly or Artistic Achievement, and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Criticism.

Contact Info


Sturges Hall #203
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3593
E dmcaplan@owu.edu