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2013–present. George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. Associate Professor of English.

2007–2013. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Assistant Professor of English.

2005–2007. Western Connecticut State University, Low Residency MFA in Professional Writing. Visiting Writer in Residence, Poetry Faculty.

2006. City College of San Francisco, CA. Part-time Faculty.

2005. Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX. Adjunct Faculty.


MFA, Creative Writing, Poetry, George Mason University, 2000.

BA with honors, majoring in English and Philosophy, minoring in Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 1992.


Faculty Research and Development Award Recipient, George Mason University, 2015.

Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Academy in Rome, 2013­–14.

POL Editor’s Prize, Fordham University Press. Errings, 2013.

Research Grants Committee Award Recipient, University of Alabama, 2008, 2012

Barnwell-Sellers Award for Excellence in Teaching and Writing. University of Alabama, 2008

Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant for the writing of poetry, 2006

NISOD Award for Excellence in Teaching. Palo Alto College Faculty Senate (sponsored by Community College Leadership Board of the University of Texas), 2005

Richard Soref Fellow in Poetry. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2004

Winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Yale University Press. The Cuckoo, 2003




Errings. POL Series, ed. Elisabeth Frost. Fordham University Press. New York, NY: 2014. Poetry collection, 96 pages.

Reviewed in: ColdfrontThe Los Angeles Review of BooksOn the Sea WallPoets’ Quarterly, The Poetry Review (London), and West Branch. The focus of an author interview in The Volta.

The Cuckoo. Yale Series of Younger Poets, ed. Louise Glück. Yale University Press, Cambridge, MA: 2004. Poetry collection, 64 pages.

Reviewed in: Boston ReviewThe Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), The Constant CriticElectronic Poetry ReviewGulf CoastKenyon ReviewLibrary JournalLos Angeles TimesMissouri ReviewVirginia Quarterly ReviewWorld Literature Today.


“An Allegory.” Bennington Review. Forthcoming: Spring/Summer 2019.

“Prologos.” Prodigal 1:1. Boston, MA: November, 2015. Print. Nominated for “Best of the Web” by Prodigal editors, September 2016.

from Flood Myth.” Coral: Poems Heard in Europe—Curated by Michael Farrell. Spec. section of Blackbox Manifold No. 14 (Spring 2015). The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK: June, 2015.

“Earth and Water,” “Heather Green,” “Patrimony.” CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action 12: 50–53. Fordham University, New York, NY: March, 2014.

“The Skiff and the Lake.” They Will Sew the Blue Sail Tucson, AZ: March, 2014.

“Two Images of Oblivion.” The New Republic 245:3:4958: 39. Washington, DC. February 17, 2014.

“Time Ghazal.” The New Republic 244:9:4944: 61. Washington, DC. June 17, 2013.

“The Reader.” West Branch 72:Winter: 5. Stadler Center for Poetry, Lewisburg, PA: 2013.

“Bildungsroman.” The New Republic 24:11:4926: 43. Washington, DC: July 12, 2012.

—Republication. “Bildungsroman.” PoetryDaily July, 16, 2015.

“Body of Water,” “Body of Moving and Light.” Pleiades 32:1: 97­–97. Pleiades Press, St. Louis, MO: 2011.

—Republication. “Body of Moving and Light.” Verse Daily February 12, 2012.

“Purgatorio.” Poem-A-Day Academy of American Poets: July 27, 2011.

“Body of Dreams.” Slate. August, 16, 2011.

“Some Hand Shadows” (sequence of nine poems). The Seattle Review 4:2: 211–220. The Seattle Review, Seattle, WA: 2011.

“Third Golden Erring (This Middle Life)” (a sequence of nine poems). New Orleans Review 35:2: 103–112New Orleans, LA: 2009.

“A Bridge” (sequence of five poems). Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics 7:76–83. Danbury, CT: 2009.

“Second Golden Erring (Our Father)” (a sequence of seven poems). Chicago Review 54:4: 31–35. Chicago, IL: 2009.

“Transmigration” (sequence of five poems). Colorado Review XXXIV:1: 124–128. Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University: 2007.

“Idiot Bigmouth Leads Us to a Gathering of Birds,” “The Author of this Text.” Practice: New Writing and Art 1: 62–63. Practice Press, Mill Valley: 2006.

“The Organum” (sequence of ten poems). Slope 20. 2004.

“After Words,” “Why I Slept with Him.” Beloit Poetry Journal 53:3: 5–6. Alice James Books, Farmington, ME: 2003.

“Event” (six pages in length), “Journey to the West.” 2002 Slope 15. 2002.

—Republication. “Journey to the West.” Matrix 64: 56–57. Concordia University, English Department, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 2003.

“Retreat,” “The Dung Pile,” “The Bird” (with an “Introduction” by Eric Pankey). Pleiades 22:2: 50–54. Pleiades Press, St. Louis, MO: 2002.

—Republication. “The Dung Pile.” Verse Daily. July 5, 2002.

“Model of a Tree Growing in the Path of a Spiral,” “The Celery Cutters’ Song.” Natural Bridge 5: 102–103. University of Missouri, English Department, St. Louis, MO: 2001.

“When Ronald Reagan Was a Boy.” Phoebe 29:1: 24. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA: 2000.

—Republication. “When Ronald Reagan Was a Boy.” Matrix 64: 56–57. Concordia University, English Department, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 2003.

“Death and a Fig,” “The Carpenter.” Phoebe 27:1: 1–2. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA: 1998.

Anthologized Poems

“After Words.” Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers + Artists. Nan Cuba, ed. Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX: 2008.

“Encephalitis,” “Memories are Nothing, Today is Important,” “Ode,” “When Ronald Reagan was a Boy.” Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary American Poets, 1951–1977. Mercer University Press, Macon, GA: 2006.

Criticism and Other Publications

“Place in Mind” (4500 words). The Literary Review: 60:4. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ: Winter 2018.

—Republication: “Place in Mind.” The Poem’s Country: Place and Poetic Practice (anthology, solicited contribution). ed.s Shara Lessley and Bruce Snider. Pleiades Press. Warrenton, MO: 2018.

Interviewer. “Collaborating on Decreation: An Interview with Anne Carson” (3500 words). Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre (Under Discussion). ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson. University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, MI: 2015.

Guest editor’s introduction. “The New Mixed Form: An Introduction” (1000 words). Mixed Form Issue. Spec. issue of Evening Will Come 13. Tucson, AZ: July, 2013.

“Influence, The Wormwood Star of History: Czelsaw Milosz’s ‘The Separate Notebooks’” (2000 words). At Length Durham, NC: 2012.

“Three Questions” (1000 words). Poets on Teaching. ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson. University of Iowa Press. Iowa City, Iowa: 2010.

“Seeking the Fugitive Self” (5000 words). Rev. of Lunch, D. A. Powell and Chokecherries, Peter Klappert. Poetry Flash 290. ed. J. Jenkins, Berkeley, CA: 2003.

Edited Volumes

Mixed Form Issue. Spec. issue of Evening Will Come 13 (featuring essays on mixed form writing and mixed form works by eight contemporary poets and prose writers). Tucson, AZ: July, 2013.



Netherlands. A collection of poems.


Sessions Chaired

“Prose and Verse Consubstantial: The New Mixed Form” (Five-person panel). AWP Conference. Boston, MA: March 7, 2013.

Papers, Panels, and Lectures

“Readings and Conversations: Louise Gluck” (Introducer and Interviewer). Lannan Foundation. Santa Fe, NM: May 11, 2016. Introduction: Interview:

“On Influence: Wallace Stevens” (8-page paper read for special event “Literary Birthday: Wallace Stevens”). Library of Congress. Washington, DC. October 2, 2014. Webcast: (21:50–48:55).

“The Longer View: Long Poems from the Seattle Review” (AWP Conference panel poetry reading). AWP Conference, Seattle, WA: March 1, 2014.

“Salon Teaching Hybrid Reading” (8-page paper read during panel presentation). AWP Conference, Seattle, WA: February 27, 2014.

“Tribute to Louise Gluck” (five-person panel discussing and reading Gluck’s work). Academy of American Poets. The New School, New York, NY: December 14, 2012.

“Influence and the Poetry of Louise Gluck” (8-page paper read as introduction to award ceremony for poetry reading by Gluck). 2010 Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry ceremony for Louise Gluck. Sewanee, The University of the South. Sewanee, TN: November 4, 2010.

“Getting on the Tenure Track: The MLA Interview and Campus Visit” (8-page paper read during panel presentation). AWP Conference, New York, NY: Jan 31, 2008.

“Fugitive Selves: Implied and Historical Authors in Contemporary Poetry” (45-minute lecture presented during low residency MFA in Professional Writing summer session). Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT: Jan 8, 2006.

“State of American Poetry” (panel discussion and reading). KQED 88.5 FM, “Forum.” San Francisco: Nov 23, 2004.

“Yale Series of Younger Poets” (panel discussion and reading). KQED 88.5 FM, “Forum.” San Francisco, CA: April 19, 2004.

“Using Research and Source Texts in Poetry” (45-minute public lecture). UT San Antonio: April 20, 2004.

“Keeping Intention Alive in Chance Operations” (invited 45-minute lecture in conjunction with Visiting Poets Series reading). English 619 (“Special Topics in Writing: Sequence and Collage”). George Mason University, Fairfax, VA: Apr 5, 2004.


Selected Poetry Readings

The Inner Loop Reading Series. Washington, DC: September 19, 2017.

Muse Times Two Poetry Series. Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM: May 8, 2016.

Reading with Sally Keith. Upshur Books, Washington, DC: April 24, 2015.

Fordham University Press Poets Reading. Subtext Books, St. Paul, MN: April 10, 2015.

George Mason Poets Reading. Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN: April 9, 2015.

Fall for the Book Festival. George Mason University, Fairfax VA: September 17, 2014.

American Academy in Rome Trustees Reading, Rome, Italy: June 7, 2014.

John Cabot University Reading, Rome, Italy: June 4, 2014.

American Academy in Rome Reading, Rome, Italy: April 1, 2014.

Poets Out Loud Book Release Reading, Fordham University, NYC: March 10, 2014.

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop Reading, Brooklyn, NY: March 9, 2014.

Malvern Books Reading, Austin, TX: March 5, 2014.

Montavallo Literary Festival (featured reader), Montevallo, AL: April 12, 2013.

Fusebox Art and Word Series, Chattanooga, TN: November 17, 2012.

Bad Shadow Affair Poetry Reading Series, Denver, CO: January 21, 2012.

University of West Alabama Visiting Writers Series, Livingston, AL: October 19, 2011.

Auburn Writers Conference Panel Reading, Auburn, AL: October 7, 2011.

Sarabande Reading Series, Louisville, KY: February 28, 2011.

Barbed Wire Reading Series, Chicago, IL: April 9, 2010

Pure Products Reading Series. Tuscaloosa, AL: September 1, 2010.

Slash-Pine Poetry Festival. Tuscaloosa, AL: April 25, 2009.

Yale Series of Younger Poets Reading. Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. New Haven, CT: May 2, 2008.

Bankhead Visiting Writers Series (public reading). Tuscaloosa, AL: Sep 21, 2007.

Yale Series of Younger Poets Reading. University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL: Apr 11, 2007.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (public reading). Mill Valley, CA: Sep 17, 2006.

Reading Between A and B (public reading), New York, NY: June 4, 2006.

Poets for Peace Reading Series. Pegasus Books, Berkeley, CA: May 8, 2006.

University of Chicago (public reading in conjunction w/job interview), Chicago, IL: Apr 7, 2006.

Western Connecticut State University (public reading). Danbury, CT: Jan 9, 2006.

Utter Reading Series. Book People, Austin, TX: Feb 13, 2005.

Yale Younger Poets Reading. Yale University, New Haven, CT: Nov 11, 2005.

Speakeasy Poetry Series. New York, NY: Nov 6, 2005.

“Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry” (invited reading and discussion). English 318L, UT Austin: Apr 28, 2005.

Breadloaf Writers Conference (public reading). Middlebury, VT: Aug 17, 2004.

Poets for Peace Reading Series. San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA: June 10, 2004.

Poetry Flash at Cody’s (public reading). Cody’s Books, Berkeley, CA: May 30, 2004.

“Writers on Writing” (scheduled visiting writer for course). Creative Writing 520 & 820, San Francisco State University: Apr 20, 2004.

City Lights Bookstore (public reading). San Francisco, CA: Apr 20, 2004.

KKUP 91.5 FM, “Out of Our Minds Poetry Program” (interview and reading). Cupertino, CA: Apr 14, 2004.

George Mason University (public reading). Fairfax, VA: April, 5, 2004.

Frequency Reading Series. New York, NY: Apr 4, 2004.

Harvard University (public reading). Arthur M, Sackler Museum, Cambridge, MA: April 1, 2004.

Poets and Their First Books (symposium and reading). Library of Congress, Washington, DC: Feb 25, 2004.

American Poets Reading. Poetry Center of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Feb 2, 2004.

Poetry Contests Juried

Final Judge. Joseph A Lohman III Poetry Award. George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. 2010.

Final Judge. Mary Roberts Rhinehart Award in Poetry. George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. 2009, 2006.

Member, Committee of Preliminary Judges. Yale Series of Younger Poets first-book publication competition. Yale University Press. Cambridge, MA. 2006–2009.


2013–Present. Associate Professor of English, George Mason University

Graduate Courses Taught

Advanced Graduate Workshop: The Manuscript

Selected Topics in English: The New Mixed Form

Research Seminar in Poetry: Spheres of Influence

Poetry Writing Workshop: The Poet’s Notebook

Craft Seminar: Topographies | Setting and Literary Surface

Forms of Poetry

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Introduction to Poetry Writing

Introduction the Creative Writing

Forms of Poetry

Reading and Writing about Texts: Love Poetry

2007-2013. Assistant Professor of English, University of Alabama

Graduate Courses Taught:

Prosimetrum: The Mixed Form

Topographies: A Salon on Setting and Literary Surface

The Book: A Manuscript Workshop

Graduate Poetry Workshop

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Landscape, Urbanscape, Dreamscape: Writing Poetry and Place

Prose Poems

Poetic Forms and Proposals

Introduction to Poetry Writing

Introduction to Creative Writing

2005–2007. Western Connecticut State University, Low Residency MFA In Professional Writing – Visiting Writer In Residence, Poetry Faculty

Individual mentor to five students each semester in graduate courses collaboratively designed by mentor and student.

Graduate Courses Taught:

Reading in Poetry

Writing in Poetry

History/Theory/Criticism of Poetry

Public Relations Writing

Marketing Writing

Feature Writing

2006. City College of San Francisco – Part-Time Faculty

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Composition II: Introduction to Literature

Intermediate (Pre-college) Composition

 2005. Palo Alto College, San Antonio, Tx – Adjunct Faculty

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

American Poets and the Idea of History

Composition II: Introduction to Literature

Basic (Pre-college) Composition


George Mason University English Department Committee Assignments

2017/18. Member, Salary Committee, Department of English.

2016/17. Member, Executive Committee, Creative Writing Program.

2013­–present. Member, Creative Writing Program Admissions, Director Search, Planning, Visiting Writer, and Website Committees.

2015, Spring. Ad Hoc Text in Community Project Coordinator: Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, Department of English.

University of Alabama English Department Committee Assignments

2009–2011. Supervisor of GTA Intro to Poetry instructors.

2009–2011. Advisor for Job Placement to MFA students.

2008–2011. Member, Instructor Review Committee.

2007–present. Member, Bankhead Visiting Writers Committee, Creative Writing Committee, Coal Royalty Chair Committee, MFA Admissions Committee.