Professor of English
My publications include four collections of poetry (most recently Open Field, Understory: New and Selected Poems), two limited editions of poetry, and a documentary film In the Blood, co-written with director George Butler, of Pumping Iron fame. My poetry has been selected for inclusion in some thirty anthologies. I have also published essays in general-interest magazines such as Esquire and in literary journals such as Antaeus. From 1987-1997 I served as director of the Creative Writing Program at UNC-CH. My honors include an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship (1996-1999) for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor, 1996-99
M.A., University of Virginia, 1966
B.A., University of Mississippi, 1964