Welcome to my website. I'm the author of four books of poetry and a critical study, listed on the right. On the left and on pages for each book, you'll find links to sites where my work is available.

I'm also active as a translator and have done a number of pieces with composers. I've given readings, talks, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. 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. I teach at the University of Cincinnati and serve as poetry editor of The Cincinnati Review.

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

Below are links to a recent poem with an audio file, a reading I gave at Florida State in 2013, and an interview:


I have new work in The Yale Review and Spillway, and my long poem "On Hospitals" came out last spring in Smartish Pace. A poem is forthcoming in Boston Review, with another in the online journal Plume. Two poems will be included in the anthology Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio, forthcoming from Ohio University Press in 2014.

I'll be reading at the Meeting House of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana as part of the Borderlands Project on September 19th at 7:00 PM. On October 19th, I'll be on the panel "Why Poets Translate" at the American Literary Translators Association annual conference in Bloomington, Indiana.

On September 23rd, 2012 the first performance of "The Bogen Songs," a setting of six of my poems by the composer Yehuda Yannay, took place at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. "Another Place," my poem to accompany the composer Carrie Magin's "Two Places," was presented at the University of Cincinnati on February 4th, 2013. I'll have audio links to these performances soon.

We've had Cincinnati Review contributors' readings so far in San Francisco, Seattle, Cambridge, and Berkeley, with more to come as part of our tenth anniversary celebrations in 2014. Details to follow.

For more on these and other events, please see the Events page.

You'll find a review of the most recent issue of Smartish Pace and my long poem "On Hospitals" at the link below:

Selected Works

A selection from my current manuscript, Immediate Song
The University of Chicago Press, 2009
Wesleyan University Press, 2003
Wesleyan University Press, 1997
Wesleyan University Press, 1986
Translations from Europa: Selected Poems of Julio Martinez Mesanza (in manuscript)
Literary Criticism