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I’m a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Indiana University Southeast and also the Academic Affairs Diversity Coordinator there since July 1, 2015.  I earned my MA from the University of Louisville, then qualified for a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, but left without dissertation. In 2012 got my long-awaited MFA in poetry from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program while teaching a 4/4 load at Southeast as a Lecturer in Writing.

I’ve published fiction, feature journalism, and creative nonfiction. For four years I was a featured weekly essayist on Louisville’s NPR station, WFPL. But these days, I mostly write and publish poetry.

My poem “Mantua, 1606” won second place in the 2014 Raynes Poetry Contest judged by Joan Larkin. “Abandoned Barns” was runner-up in the 2000 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred contest judged by Mary Oliver.

Publications include Hospital Drive, A Narrow Fellow, Jewish Currents, NULU Handwritten, Pegasus, The Thomas Merton Seasonal, The Louisville Review, Scribblers on the Roof, New Southerner, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Poetica, The New Sound, and others.

Now and then I give papers, presentations, and publish an academic paper, such as:

  • “The Strange History of Metaphor” at the Kentucky Philological Association 2014 conference.
  • “The College Ready Writer” in-service at Bullitt Central High School on January 11, 2016
  • Metre and Meaning in Jane Kenyon’s ‘Song'”, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice & Theory of Creative Writing, November, 2016.

You can read my complete bonafides on the vita page.

Contemporary composer Rachel Short set my poem “Thug Faced Moon” for soprano and organ as part of her senior project for Indiana University Southeast.

I type most manuscripts on a 1940s Smith-Corona Sterling or 1960s Olivetti Lettera 32, or write them with a fountain pen. I have a few favorites, classic Parker 51s, a Pelikan M140 tortoise shell, a couple of Lamys, a Noodler’s flex tip, and use inks by Parker, Noodler, Private Reserve (made in Indiana!), Pilot’s new Irosnizuku line, Herbin, and Pelikan. I do use the computer for some manuscripts. I generally use Microsoft Word, although lately I’ve been experimenting with a great recent software called Scrivener.

Olivetti Lettra 32
Olivetti Lettra 32, a fantastic mechanical typewriter that was the portable workhorse for many journalists and writers.
Smith-Corona Sterling
My 1940s-era Smith-Corona Sterling. Solid and wonderful. Takes a lot of strength to hit those keys. I’ve even taken it to campsites and typed some poems I love on it.

Back in the early 1980s when personal computers were new, I drafted and revised on this Zenith p.c., running DOS and WordPerfect on 2 5″ floppy disks. State of the art and no hard drive! Does anyone remember the awesome WordPerfect? Apparently, it’s still made, though not for the iMac I now use.

Zenith PC
My first PC – a Zenith version of the IBM PC, running DOS and two floppy disks. See the floppy disk tray to the right? I wrote most of my undergraduate papers for Belmont University and a bunch of short story and poetry manuscripts on it.

Something really important about me: In 2010 I was diagnosed with adult Attention Deficit Disorder. I plan to become a change-agent for understanding ADD, which I see is very poorly understood in academia.

I live in New Albany, Indiana on a roughly 2-acre homestead with my awesome partner, first-rate muse, amanuensis Sarah Dugan, her son Theo, the dogs Monty and Rufus, Naomi the foot-stalker, and half-a-dozen chickens that we are raising as egg-layers: Ingrid, Philomena, Sasha, Camilla, Penelope, and Tabitha.

For fun I play guitar, flute, piano, and sing, though piano is mostly for finding the notes (and doubles as the cat’s bunk bed). I’m also an avid swimmer and I hope to complete 100 miles of swimming in 2017 (I only ended up with 47 in 2016, partly due to breaking a toe and then my foot that spring and summer!).

And I love teaching my students at IU Southeast–and working on projects around the house.

Well, now you know just about all there is to know about a writer and teacher of writing, mostly publishing poetry these days. I hope you enjoyed reading more about me.

fire ring chores may 20151
Whew – writing the About page was tiring

I appreciate comments. Thank you!

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