Department of English
Wittenberg University (B.A., English)
Goddard College (MFA in poetry and teaching)
Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Art Education) Professional Affiliations and Awards
- Co-Poet of the Year for 2009 for his book The River’s Daughter
- Participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program
- Teaching in art galleries in Oberlin, Toledo and Cleveland
- Teaching at the Columbus Museum of Art
- Author of several collections of poetry, including Thirty Six Spokes: The Bicycle Poems, With David Garrison edited the food-poem anthology Taste and See
- Teaching Writing from a Writer's Point of View and Poetry of Place: Helping Students Write Their Worlds
"It is the business of [art] to embody mystery." ~ Flannery O'Connor. [Note: she actually says "fiction" here, but I think the idea applies to all art.]
Specializations: Poetry Writing, interdisciplinary work in the Arts, the Literature of Place and Environment.
Creative work: Author of The River’s Daughter: Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2008) and Poetry of Place: Helping Students Writer Their World (NCTE, 2009). Ohio Poet of the Year in 2009.
Recent or new topical courses: "Teaching Creative Writing in the Community," "Semiotics of the Self," "Art and Politics," "Poetry Writing.”
Senior project interests: Poetry, Short-Short Stories, Memoirs, Multi-genre works.