Ph.D in English, Ohio University, 1998

M.A. in Creative Writing, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1992

B.A. in English, Colgate University, 1986





Daze, Salt Publishing Ltd, 2006 (poetry)

A Sacrificial Zinc, Pleiades/LSU Press, 2001 (poetry)




Words About James, Phylum Press, 2006 (poetry)

Surge, Kent State University Press, 1999 (poetry)


Poems in


1913, ACM, American Literary Review, Bath House, Bellingham Review, Black Warrior Review, Bombay Gin, CHAIN, Ch! icago Review, Colorado Review, Connecticut Review, Controlled Burn, Copper Nickel, Cream City Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Double Room, ecopoetics, Electronic Poetry Review, Fourteen Hills, Gargoyle, Graham House Review, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, High Plains Literary Review, International Quarterly, The Journal, key satchel, Kinesis, LIT, Maisonneuve, Many Mountains Moving, Mid-American Review, The News, New American Writing,  New Delta Review, New Orleans Review, Notre Dame Review, Paragraph, Pavement Saw, Permafrost, Plainsongs, Pleiades, Quarterly West, Quarter After Eight, Sentence, Sonora Review, Sou'wester, Sniper Logic, Sycamore Review, Tampa Review, Third Coast, untitled, Verse, VOLT


Essays, Reviews, Interviews


American Book Review, American Studies International, Chicago Review, ecopoetics, Denver Quarterly,  Double Room, Field, Iowa Review, ISLE, Quarter After Eight, Poetry International, Reading Under the ! Sign of Nature, Rolling Stock, Sniper Logic, Weber Studies, Web Conjunctions, West Branch, The Writer's Chronicle, Verse


Honors, Awards and Fellowships


Teaching Award (2), University of Colorado, Boulder

Pushcart Prize nominations (2)

Residency Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Lena Miles Weaver Todd Prize for A Sacrificial Zinc, Pleiades/LSU Press

Wick Chapbook Prize for Surge, Kent State University

Finalist for The Bakeless Prize, Brittenham Prize, Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series, Colorado Prize, Cleveland State Poetry Prize, The Journal Prize, Georgia Contemporary Poetry Prize

INTRO Series Award, Associated Writing Programs

Billee Murray Denny Poetry Prize, Lincoln College, Illinois

Jovanovich Prize, University of Colorado, Boulder


Recent Readings


Vancouver Public Library, Canada 2005

Many Mountains Moving, Boulder, CO 2005

National Poetry Foundation, Orono ME 2004

Colorado State University, CO 2003

Denver University, Denver, CO 2003

The Ear Inn, NYC 2003

Cody’s Books, Berkeley, CA, 2003

Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO 2003

Bertha's Mussels, Baltimore, MD 2003

Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA 2002

Checkpoint Charlie, New Orleans, 2002

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2002

Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO, 2002

Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO 2001

University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990-2001

National Poetry! Foundation, Orono, ME, 2000

Kent State University, Kent, OH, 1999

Ohio University, Athens, OH, numerous 1994-98

FAWC, Provincetown, MA, 1998


Teaching Experience


Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2003-present

Assistant Professor, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, 2002-2003.

Instructor, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1999-2002.

Teaching Assistant, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1999.

Instructor, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1997-8.

Teaching Associate, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1993-7.

Lecturer, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1992-3.

Teaching Associate, University for Youth, Denver University, Denver, CO, 1990-1.

Reading Specialist, University Hills Elementary School, Boulder, CO, 1988-89.


Arts Administration/Editing Experience


Creative Writing Committee, Reading Series Committee (Chair), Writers Harvest Committee (Chair), Ram Welcome (Chair), Colorado State University, 2003-present.

Grants Board, Arts and Humanity Assembly of Boulder, 2001-2002.

Judge, Wick Chapbook Prize, Kent State University, 2001.

Contributing Editor, Quarter After Eight, 1998-2001.

Guest Editor, Colorado Review, 2005.

Editor, Tattered Fetlock, 1993-present.

Poetry Editor, Shankpainter, 1998-9.

Editor, Quarter After Eight, 1993-1998.

Poetry Editor, Sphere, 1994-5.

Graduate Student Director, Visiting Writers Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990-2.

Travel Liaison, The Novel of the Americas, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990-2.


Professional Affiliations


Academy of American Poets, 2001-present.

Modern Language Association, 1997-present.

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, 1996-present.

Associated Writing Programs, 1992-present.


Areas of Activity


Ecopoetics, Poetry of Witness, Ekphrasis, Creative Nonfiction, Literature of the West.


Current Projects


Like Pirates, book of poetry in progress.

Questioning (the) Witness: Interviews in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

Green Horizons: Toward an Ecopoetics, scholarly book of ecopoetics.

Plumbing Center: Essays on Place, Relationship and Community, creative nonfiction.

"An Earth of Actual Value": Ecopoetics in Poetry and Practice, editor, current activity in the field.