Emerita Francis A. March Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence
307 Pardee


  • Ph.D. in English, Binghamton University

Teaching areas: creative writing, humor writing, modern and contemporary poetry, creative nonfiction, independent studies and honors theses in poetry, the novella, the novel, short fiction, literary scholarship, and creative nonfiction

Special interests: modernist poetry, contemporary poetry, creative writing, creative nonfiction, humor writing, contemporary fiction

Selected publications:

Visitations: Stories 

Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems

The Tao of Humiliation: Stories

Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity, & Secrecy: Essays

The Guide to the Flying Island

Undid in the Land of Undone

Defensive Measures: The Poetry of Niedecker, Bishop, Glück, and Carson

Poetry in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Yale Review, Salmagundi, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, three editions of Best American Poetry. Fiction in World Literature Today, Notre Dame Review, Massachusetts Working Title Series, Ascent, Bennington Review, Notre Dame Review, Cincinnati Review.  Articles/essays in Jacket, Triquarterly, South Atlantic Review, Kenyon Review.

Selected Honors: Open Poetry Award (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), Miami University Novella Award, Pushcart Prize, The Lyric Poetry Award, National Poetry Series Award. The Tao of Humiliation received the BOA Short Fiction Award, was a finalist for the Paterson Prize, and was named one of the”Best Books of 2014″ by Kirkus Reviews.