1972, Ph.D. Harvard University. Field: English Literature Since 1800; Dissertation: “The Crowd in Dickens: The Limits of Self”

1966, M.A. Harvard University. Field: English Literature

1965, A.B. Temple University.


2003 – present, Director, Rainier Writing Workshop, MFA@PLU–a low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. Developed the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Literary Editing, given by MFA @ PLU.

1996 -2003, Professor of English, SUNY Brockport; Director, The Writers Forum and Videotape Library; 1977 – Associate Professor of English, SUNY Brockport, Director, The Writers Forum


Regular Poetry Reviewer, Water~Stone Review, Hamline University, Minneapolis, MN.


Winner, Barrow Street Poetry Prize, selected by Donald Revell; Constance J. Saltonstall Foundation Fellowship for Poetry; Director for poetry education project grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation.


Round Top Poetry Conference, Round Top, Texas; Artsmith, Kangaroo House, Orcas Island, WA; University of Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, Lincoln, NE; Austin Community College, Austin, TX; Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS; Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Homer, AK; University of Northern Alabama, Literary Festival, Florence, AL; Poet-in-Residence, The Writer’s Center, The Chautauqua Institution, NY; Writers @ Work Summer Workshop, Park City, UT.

Community Activities

2004 – present, Chairman, The Arts Commission, City of Port Townsend, WA.

Selective Readings

Barrow Street Series (NYC), Northwinds Gallery (Port Townsend, WA), Port Angeles, WA Public Library, Austin Community College, Kansas State University, Kachemak Writers Conference (Homer, AK), University of Georgia, Writers @ Work (Park City, UT), Penn State (Behrend), Kansas State University, Alfred University, WXXI (Rochester, NY), The Chautauqua Institution, Writers & Books, Inc., St. John Fisher College, Wells College, SUNY Writers Festival (Albany), Open Books (Seattle, WA), Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA.



There. Here. Lost Horse Press, 2013.

Hidden Sequel, Barrow Street Press, New York, NY, 2006. Winner of Barrow Street Poetry Award, selected by Donald Revell. Small Press Distribution Best Seller List, June, 2007, see NYT Book Review, Aug. 27, 2007.

Five Colors, WordTech Press, Cinncinati, OH, 2004.

The Post-Confessionals: Conversations with Contemporary American Poets, ed.with Judith Kitchen and Earl Ingersoll, Associated University Presses, 1989.

Midnight, State Street Press, 1985.


Lost (chapbook), State Street Press, 1981. Poems.

On the Coast (chapbook), Pudding House Chapbook Series, Johnstown, OH, 2002

Selected Anthologies

The Poets Guide to the Birds, Ed. Ted Kooser and Judith Kitchen, Anhinga Press, 2011.

Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, Ed. David Biespiel, Oregon State University Press, 2006.

Voices in the Gallery: Writers on Art, ed. Grant Holcomb, U. of Rochester Press, 2001

The Art and Craft of Poetry, Writers Digest Books (Cincinnati, OH), 1994, ed. Michael Bugeja

The State Street Reader, State Street Press, 1990.

A Preface to Critical Reading, 6th Edition, ed. Richard Altick and Andrea Lundsford, Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, NY, 1984.

Individual Poems in Such Magazines as:

The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Florida Review, Poetry Northwest, Willow Springs, The Kenyon Review, Chelsea, Southern Humanities Review, The Louisville Review, Southern Poetry Review, River City, Tar River Poetry, Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Great River Review.


180 interviews with writers published in such journals as: American Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, Webster Review, Black American Literature Forum, Tar River Poetry, Indiana Review, Ontario Review, The Literary Review, Partisan Review, Webster Review, Bookpress, Great River Review, The Alaska Quarterly, Hitchcock Annual, et cetera. A number have been reprinted in books by publishers such as the Univ. of Michigan “Poets on Poetry Series,” LSU Press, University Press of Mississippi and others Writers interviewed include: Nadine Gordimer, Galway Kinnell, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gary Snyder, John Barth, Linda Pastan, Karl Shapiro, Stephen Spender, Edward Albee, Lisel Mueller, Mary Oliver, Gerald Stern, Yehuda Amichai, Stephen Dunn, Rita Dove, Charles Wright, Stanley Kunitz, Heather McHugh, William Matthews, Naomi Shihab Nye, Les Murray, Leslie Norris, Scott Russell Sanders, A. B. Yehoshua, Randall Kenan, Marvin Bell, Denis Donoghue, Paul Muldoon, Pattiann Rogers, Marilyn Nelson, Peter Ho Davies, Tim O’Brien, Billy Collins, Kathryn Davis, Carl Phillips, among others.