Hiker, sailor, poet, teacher, and musician–I grew up in Mississippi, moved to Texas, later Louisiana, later Chicago, later Michigan, back to Chicago, and then to Indiana, and I teach at Indiana University Northwest. I hold a B.A. in English from the University of Dallas, a M.A. in English from LSU, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from LSU. My main interests are contemporary poetry, especially the Language Poets and the experimental poetic tradition; however, I’m also interested in American, Latin American, Italian, and Greek literature.
I edited the e-zine Moria, which publishes experimental poetry and poetics articles, from 1998 to 2011, and I also was the editor-in-chief of Cracked Slab Books, a press dedicated to publishing experimental poetry, for five years. Currently, I edit Moria Books and Moss Trill, a poetry journal.
I curated a reading series, series A, at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago for four years..
My poetry, articles, poetry reviews, and translations have been published in many countries, including Australia, Italy, Mexico, Chile, the United States, the Czech Republic, Finland, and the Netherlands.
Some poets who interest me are Alcaeus, Sappho, Pindar, Theognis, Dante, Sor Juana, Leopardi, Whitman, Neruda, Huidobro, Paz, Vallejo, Levertov, Duncan, Porta, Sanguinetti, and Bernstein.