About

My first book, The Memory of Gills, came out in August 2006 with LSU, and won the 2007 NC Roanoke-Chowan award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. My work has previously appeared in Poetry, Orion, Ploughshares, Cider Press Review, Cortland ReviewNorth Carolina Literary Review, and Best American Poetry 2009, among others, has won the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Randall Jarrell award, and has been four times nominated for Pushcart Prizes (though unless fourth time is the charm, it’s a case of always the bridesmaid…)  I coordinate the English Education program at Western Carolina University, in the Great Smoky Mountains, where I live with my spouse, a dog, some cats, and three hives of very angry bees, but I’m originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as you can see from all those poems with tidewater in them.  

Want to read some non-poetry writings?  In summer 2011, I blogged on poetry, writing, orangutans, dog walks and the like for Ploughshares, which published my poem “Arson in Ladytown” in the spring.  If you’d like to read some of those, click here!