M.F.A. Columbia University School of the Arts
B.A. Washington University
The Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English, I have taught at Davidson since 1998, where I serve as director of creative writing. My teaching interests include poetry and fiction writing, 20th- and 21st-century world literatures, and critical theory. I often work with students interested in their lives as creative writers.
I am the author or editor of 12 books: the novels Cry Uncle (2006), Whale Man (2011), and The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, June, 2014); and the books of poems Days Like Prose (1997), The Vandals (1999), Love Song with Motor Vehicles (2003), The Penates (2006), Elephants & Butterflies (2007), Ten Days, (2010, with painter Herb Jackson), and Long Division (2012). I have contributed as well to three scholarly works: as co-editor of The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Poetry (1996), editor for North America of Who's Who in 20th Century World Poetry (2001), and editor of The Imaginary Poets (2006). Three new manuscripts are in various stages of completion, for publication beginning in 2015.
More than 200 poems and stories of mine have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry; new poems have appeared recently in Columbia Review, The New Republic, and The Yale Review, among other magazines. I have published essays and reviews in journals such as The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker, and been awarded residency fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Eastern Frontier Society, Fundacíon Valparaiso, the MacDowell Colony, the Seaside Institute, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
My poems have been awarded three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2013 Randall Jarrell Prize. Most recently, Long Division was awarded the 2012 North Carolina Book Award, and was a finalist for the Rilke Prize, the Eric Hofer Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Award. Whale Man was a finalist for Foreword Review's "Book of the Year" Award in 2011, in the category of Literary Fiction. I have received arts grants from the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the Arts & Sciences Council.