Writing and Teaching
I believe in lifelong learning, and the transformative power of writing. My experience in teaching poetry has allowed me to continue to grow as both a writer and an educator. I first began teaching poetry at Temple University in the 1980s, where I earned a Masters Degree (1987) and a doctorate (1995) in the study of English Literature. I had received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 1982.
I work one on one: via phone and Skype, as well as in workshop settings. I support my students, those just beginning to write for personal reasons, or published writers. I introduce readers to the richly dynamic tradition of literature, from narrative to experimental. I encourage those who work with me to broaden their knowledge and to challenge themselves. I offer assignments as well as work with those who have in mind specific projects.
Writers consult me about individual poems, as well as chapbook or book manuscripts. I have supported fiction writers as well as poets, written website materials, articles and reviews for The Harvard Review, The Boston Review, and The Journal of Modern Literature.
Teaching Experience & Awards
I taught poetry at Temple University, the University of the Arts, and as Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Rhodes College in Memphis. My students have won fellowships to study poetry at the University of Michigan, New York University, University of Las Vegas at Nevada, the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi, and attended Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, the University of Edinburgh, Emerson, the University of Indiana at Bloomington, Duke University, the University of Missouri, and the New School. A number of them have won book awards.
I have received faculty teaching awards from Temple University and Rhodes College. Currently I teach in the Great Smokies Writing Program in the Graduate Center at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.