Whether writing socially conscious poetry or essays explaining how aporia is the sublime in a poetic line, my research, writing, and teaching interests include a global concern for the humanities. My paper on first-year writing, “Focused Inquiry: First-Year Students Discovering the Modern and Postmodern” will be published this fall, 2014 in The International Journal for Critical Pedagogy. Colleagues in Brussels have invited me to write a chapter in a book titled Fractured Ecologies, wild rigorous and irreverent avant-garde writing: My paper is titled “From Extinction to Mutation: Globalism’s Impact on Poetry.” At the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival in July 2013 in Newbridge, Ireland I presented my paper “Mon Oncle, Gerard Manley Hopkins.” In July 2014, at the Hopkins Festival I presented my paper “Hopkins Path to Postmodern Poetry” that will be published in an upcoming issue of New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.
Recent prose scholarship on poetics has been published in The Journal of Ecocriticism, Imaginary Syllabus, anthology chapters, Palm Press, Reconfigurations: a Journal of Poetics and Poetry, and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. My paper “Minds of Europe as Reenactment” was presented at the New Directions in the Humanities Conference in Budapest, Hungary in June, 2013: A variation of it was published in July 2014 by Blue Fifth Review: Blue Five Notebook, http://bluefifthreview.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/broadside-35-summer-2014-14-14/.
Americana, my third book of poems (and second national award), was just published in January 2014 by Press Americana and the Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing, winning Prize Americana.
Some of my workshops and lectures are as follows: “Jug Jug to Dirty Ears:” Enigma in 140 Characters; On the Balls of Feet: How to Use Rhythm to Further a Means; Metaphor as a Springboard into Poetry; Aporia: Dancing Lessons Through the Sublime; At the Transit Station: How to, When to, and Why Use Intransitive Verbs in Poems; Hopkins Reads Carson; Victorian Desperation, Modernism’s Mourning, and Postmodernism’s Joy; Wordsworth is from Mars, Postmodernism is from Venus; and Ted Kooser and John Ashbery: What’s the Difference?