Teaching and research interests: modern and contemporary poetry; contemporary fiction; creative writing–introductory, intermediate, and advanced; humor writing
Visitations: Stories. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. Recipient of Kirkus Star; listed in “Best of the Indies 2017” by Kirkus; finalist, short story collections category, American Book Fest Best Book Awards.
Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015.
The Tao of Humiliation: Short Stories. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2014.
Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy. North Adams, MA: Tupelo, 2012.
The Guide to the Flying Island. Miami University Press, 2009.
Undid in the Land of Undone. Kalamazoo: New Issues Press, 2007.
Defensive Measures: The Poetry of Niedecker, Bishop, Glück, and Carson. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2005.
Poetry published in The New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The New Yorker, in three editions of Best American Poetry.
Honors: Pushcart Prize; National Poetry Series Award; Lyric Poetry Award (Poetry Society of America); Miami University Press Award for the Novella; BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize; Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award; Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Award; Mary Louise Van Artsdalen Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement; Open Poetry Book Award; The Tao of Humiliation: Stories named one of “Best Books of 2014” by Kirkus Reviews.