Like most language lovers, I'm an insatiable reader: poetry, novels, essays, letters. I let my tastes range widely, and I tend not to think of literature in terms of nationalities. I'll read a Russian or Chinese novel in translation, or a poem from Syria or Uruguay just as readily as anything written in English. In fact, one of my translations of the work of an early 20th century Peruvian poet appears in The Kenyon Review.
I like to think of myself primarily as a poet. But while my poems have appeared in many literary journals—including The Paris Review, Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Beloit Poetry Journal—much of what I write is prose: essays on poets and poetry for The Los Angeles Review of Books, or reviews of contemporary classical music for La Tempestad, an arts and culture magazine published in Mexico City. I’ve twice been awarded the Individual Excellence Award in Criticism from the Ohio Arts Council for my essays.
I have previously served as the head of Ohio Dominican's English department and as Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. I teach a wide variety of classes: a course in poetry, a war literature course, a crash-course in the art of the essay, and a popular course on Emily Dickinson that will change everything you thought you knew about the author of "Because I could not stop for death."
But teaching is only a part of what I do. I love to travel. I've taken students abroad, to Italy, Greece, and Egypt. I love the outdoors. I spend part of my summers kayaking and camping; I've climbed Mt. Washington and gone absailing in New Zealand. And I love looking at the stars and planets; I use a six-inch Orion AstroView reflector telescope to view the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and other celestial objects worthy of poetry.
Take one of my literature courses and you'll be surprised how much you like it, and how much it changes you.