B.A. Indiana University 1981
Postbaccalaureate Certificate School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1988
M.A. Cleveland State University 1990
Ph.D Ohio State University 1997

Academic interests

contemporary American poetry, history of the lyric, working-class poetry, literary translation, and creative writing


I regularly teach poetry writing classes at all levels as well as seminars in twentieth-century American poetry.


Indiana Poet Laureate, 2012-14 
NEA fellowship in literary translation, 2011; 
Winner, Moving Forward Contest for the poem "Invisible Movements"; 
2017, 2014, 2011, 2007, and 2003 Trustees' Teaching Award; 
2007 Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum; 
2006 Best Book of Indiana Award for Metropolis Burning; 2004-05 Fulbright Research Grant to Warsaw, Poland; 2003 Creative Renewal Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis; 2002 Glimmer Train Very Short Story Award for "Madrigals for a Bauhaus Baby"; 2002 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award; 2001 Chelsea Award for Short Fiction; 1998 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for Beyond the Velvet Curtain.


Return of the Prodigal (Poetry Atlanta Press 1991), Nixon and I(Kent State University Press 1998), Beyond the Velvet Curtain (Kent State University Press 1999), Metropolis Burning (Cleveland State, 2005) and translation of Agnieszka Kuciak's Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don't Exist (White Pine, 2013); Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets (White Pine, 2016); articles in Women's Studies Quarterly and NWSA Journal; numerous translations, poems and stories in Beloit Poetry Journal, Glimmer Train, Chelsea, Massachusetts Review, Salmagundi; translations of Polish poetry in APR, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Hayden's Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Southern Review, Two Lines, West Branch.


Chair, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Initiative Committee, 2009-2014; Director of Creative Writing, 1999-2014; Etheridge Knight Festival for the Arts board of directors, 2005-2014; English Department's Director of Graduate Studies: 2014-present

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