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I'm the author of five books of poetry, a critical book on Theodore Roethke, and a translation of selected poems from the contemporary Spanish poet Julio Martinez Mesanza. I've also collaborated with composers. Prizes for my work include a Discovery Award; Fulbright positions in Spain and at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry of Queen's University, Belfast; and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. An emeritus professor at the University of Cincinnati, I serve as editor-at-large for The Cincinnati Review.

I'm available for readings, workshops, and talks. Please use the tabs for further information and to contact me.


My new book of poetry Immediate Song came out from Milkweed Editions in March of 2019.


Here are some readings scheduled so far:


The University of Southern California, Thursday, October 3rd, 4:30


Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA, Friday, October 4th, 7:00


Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD, Wednesday, November 20th


Book Bar, Denver, CO, Saturday, February 1st, 4:30


Westminister College, Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday, February 3rd, 7:00



You can listen to a reading and discussion of the title poem and "A Citizen" from Immediate Song on the podcast Lit from the Basement, available at the link below:

My poem, "Night Sky" appeared in the Winter & Spring 2019 issue of Poetry Northwest and was featured on the Academy of American Poets website; the link is below.

My poem "Jar Song" from The Yale Review was featured on Poetry Daily and is available in their archive at the link below:

Two lyric essays, "Inheritance" and "Waldeck, 1970," appear in the spring, 2018 issue of Copper Nickel. A link to the issue's online symposium about poets wriring nonfiction is below:

Two lyric essays are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika and The Carolina Quarterly. And my translations of four poems by the contemporary Spanish poet Juan Lamillar are forthcoming in Notre Dame Review.


Below are links to a reading at Florida State and an interview at the University of Cincinnati: