Office: Keezell 220
Courses: Fall 2014
Eng 412: Special Topic Seminar: Modern and Contemporary American Women's Poetry
African American Literature
Literature of the Beat Movement
Modern and Contemporary American Literature
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., The College of William and Mary in Virginia
B.A., University of Virginia
Editor and Publisher, Jefferson Park Press.
Fellowships and Awards:
Gabriel Award, Catholic Academy of Communications Arts Professionals, 2010. For
participation in With Good Reason radio program on Lucille Clifton’s life and poetry.
Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History, 2008. For participation in On the Road: An Exhibition of Jack Kerouac’s Original Scroll Manuscript, Lowell
(Mass.) National Historical Park, 2007.
Humanities Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, Va. Spring 1998, Spring 2008.
American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement. New York: Magnus Books, 2013. This book is a finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award in gay memoir/biography.
Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton (expanded edition). Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2012 (1st edition published in 2004).
What’s Your Road, Man? Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Co-editor, with Robert Holton. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009.
Ann Petry's Short Fiction: Critical Essays. Co-editor, with Hazel Arnett Ervin. Westport,
Conn.: Praeger, 2004.
Ann Petry. New York: Twayne, 1996.
The Dreams of Mary Rowlandson. Lowell, Mass.: Loom Press, 2006.
Baptism in the Merrimack (chapbook). Lowell, Mass.: Loom Press, 1999.
Selected Essays and Interviews
“Parallel Destinies in The Bell Jar and On the Road.” Plath Profiles.
“The Oldest Living Confessional Poet Tells (Not Quite) All.” Interview with W.D. Snodgrass. Poetry Magazine online.
“She Could Tell You Stories.” Interview with Lucille Clifton (reprinted from Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton). The Poetry Foundation.
“Herbert Huncke.” American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies: Supplement XIV. Ed. Jay Parini. New York: Scribner, 2004. 137-53.