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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 Martínez 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:


Moe's Books, Berkeley, CA, Thursday, September 12th, 7:30


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


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


University of California, Berkeley, CA, Monday, October 28th, 6:30


University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, Wednesday, November 13th


University of Cincinnati, Elliston Room, Langsam Library, Friday, November 15th, 4:00


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



Below are links to recent reviews of Immediate Song in The Chicago Review of Books and The Washington Review of Books:


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," appeared in the Spring, 2018 issue of Copper Nickel. A link to the issue's online symposium about poets wriring nonfiction is below:


A lyric essay appeared in the Spring / Summer, 2019 issue of The Carolina Quarterly, and another is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika. My translation of four poems by the contemporary Spanish poet Juan Lamillar appeared in the Winter / Spring, 2019 issue of Notre Dame Review, and three others are forthcoming in The Arkansas International. Below is a link to my commentary for Notre Dame Review on translating Juan Lamillar and Julio Martínez Mesanza:


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