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, an interview, and some new translations:


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.

My translation of poems from Javier Etchevarren will appear in América Invertida: An Anthology of Younger Uruguayan Poets, forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press in 2015. Poems from the group will be in Notre Dame Review and Blue Lyre before then, and a selection of five is just out in the online journal Palabras errantes: Latin American Literature in Translation, available at the link above. I'll be reading from my translations of the 19th-century German poet Wilhelm Mueller at the American Literary Translators Association annual conference in Milwaukee in November, 2014.

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. Two poems of mine were set to music and performed at the University of Cincinnati in April, 2014: "Elegies" for chorus, by composer Carrie Magin, and "The Art Is Loss," a setting of "Have To" by composer Steven Weimer for mezzo soprano and piano quintet. 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 and special tenth-anniversary celebrations in 2014 at the AWP Conference and in Cincinnati. More readings to come.

I'll spend February and March of 2015 as a Visiting Scholar working on poetry, translation, and art song at the University of Bordeaux.

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

You'll find a review of a 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