Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Percy MacKaye / "The Poet's Shack"
Percy MacKaye (1875-1956) was a poet and dramatist elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1914. From 1920-1924, MacKaye held the position of writer-in-residence at Miami University, the first position of its kind at any American university. Robert Frost praised MacKaye for advocating "to get his fellow poets all fellowships at the universities." During his time in "The Poet's Shack", MacKaye produced the well-known poems "The Trees of Miami" and "An Ode to the Universities" as well as This Fine Pretty World: A Comedy of the Kentucky Mountains (1924), a play performed on New York's Broadway throughout the 1920s.
"The Poet's Shack"
"The Poet's Shack" was built as a writing studio for the prolific poet Percy MacKaye, who held the position of writer-in-residence at Miami University from 1920-1924. MacKaye requested a writing studio in the woods, a simple shack with a fire where faculty and students could gather to talk with the poet or hear his newest works. MacKaye's studio was built on Miami's lower campus — now known as Bishop Wood after first president Robert
Erected 2017 by John W. Altman Charitable Foundation, Miami University, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 38-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 30.542′ N, 84° 43.958′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker can be reached from Bishop Circle 0.1 miles west of South Patterson Avenue (U.S. 27), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the northwest corner of Bishop Woods, near the northeast corner of Upham Hall. Note: Through traffic on Bishop Circle is not permitted. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oxford OH 45056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upham Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Verlin L. Pulley Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Act of 1794 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Langstroth Cottage / Lorenzo Langstroth (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stanton's "Magnificent Dwelling" / Elizabeth Cady Stanton (approx. ¼ mile away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mother of Fraternities (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
Also see . . .
1. Percy MacKaye. Wikipedia article (Submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Dedication of Ohio historical marker for Percy MacKaye and "The Poet's Shack". Article on the Miami University website about the marker dedication. (Submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.