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. My teaching interests include poetry and fiction writing, 20th- and 21st-century world literatures, and critical theory. I often work with students interested in lives as creative writers.
I am the author or editor of 17 books: the novels Cry Uncle (2006),Whale Man (2011), The Committee on Town Happiness (2014), and Christmas in July (forthcoming in 2018 from Dzanc Books); 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), Long Division (2012) and The Ladder (2016). I have edited five 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), editor of The Imaginary Poets (2006), and co-editor of The Manifesto Project (2017).
More than 250 poems and stories of mine have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review. I have published essays and reviews in journals such as The Believer, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker, and been awarded residency fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Corporation of Yaddo, Fundacíon Valparaiso, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
My poems have been awarded three Pushcart Prizes, two inclusions in Best American Poetry, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2013 and the 2014 Randall Jarrell Prizes. Long Division received the 2012 North Carolina Book Award in Poetry, and was short-listed 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. The Ladder received the 2017 Brockman-Campbell Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for "Book of the Year."
New work of mine may be found in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Kenyon Review and elsewhere.
ENG 110 Literature and Social Change
ENG 303 Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG 307 Forms of Fiction
ENG 387 Contemporary American Poetry