Emerita Francis A. March Professor of English & Writer-in-Residence


  • Ph.D., State University of New York-Binghamton

Teaching and research interests: modern and contemporary poetry; contemporary fiction; creative writing–introductory, intermediate, and advanced; humor writing

Selected publications:

The Day Every Day Is. Saturnalia Books (2023): recipient of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize.

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.

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