Vitae 

Education

Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, University of North Carolina--Greensboro

M.A. in English/Creative Writing, Colorado State University

B.A. in English, Mars Hill College, NC

 

Teaching Experience

 

Over forty years at the college level

 

Classes taught: Beginning Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, Wilderness Literature, Literature and the Arts,  American and British Literature

 

Publications

Books

Logic of the Lost (poetry), Longleaf Press

Absolute Faith (poetry), ByLine Press

Anthologies

Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets, nine times, Main Street Rag Publishing Co.

Pinesong, three times, North Carolina Poetry Society Awards

Luck and Opportunity, Personal Story Publishing Project Series

That Southern Thing, Personal Story Publishing Project Series

A Gathering of Poets, Jacar Press

 

Runes: Signals, Arctos Press

 

Lights in the Mountains: Stories, Essays, and Poems by Writers Living in and Inspired by

     the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Winding Path Publishing

 

Poetry

 

Poems published in Appalachian Heritage, Asheville Poetry Review, Blueline, Blue Mountain Review, Blue Pitcher, Broad River Review, ByLine Magazine, Canary, A Carolina Literary Companion, Charlotte Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, College English, Crucible, Cumberland Poetry Review, Diagram, Ekphrasis, The Ekphrasis Review, Flying SouthThe Greensboro Review, The GSU Review, I-70 Review, The Lyricist, Main Street Rag, Naugatuck River ReviewNorth Carolina Literary Review, Ocean State ReviewPisgah Review, Rockvale Review, Sandhills Review, Teach-Write, THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays, Weber: The Contemporary West, The Worcester Review, Word Journal.

 

Recognition

2022  Distinguished Poet, Western Region, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, NC Poetry Society

2021  Finalist, Rash Award in Poetry, Broad River Review

2021  Finalist, Narrative Poetry Contest, Naugatuck River Review

2020  Honorable Mention, Poetry of Courage Award, North Carolina Poetry Society

 

2019 Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Truchas NM

2000-2018 I. B. Seese Distinguished Service Professor of English and Creative Writing, Brevard College

 

2018 Honorable Mention, R. T. Smith Narrative Poetry Prize, Cold Mountain Review

 

2017 Finalist, James Applewhite Poetry Prize, North Carolina Literary Review

 

2016 & 2009 Finalist, Iowa Review Poetry Contest

 

2015 & 1999 Pushcart Prize nominations

 

2011, 2009 & 2008 Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences residency

 

2004 First Place, Word Journal Poetry Prize

 

2002 & 1999 Vermont Studio Center residency

 

2001 First Prize, Longleaf Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

 

2000 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency

 

1999 First Prize, GSU Review (Georgia State) National Writing Award in Poetry

 

1999 First Prize, ByLine Magazine National Poetry Chapbook Competition

 

1999 Writers’ Conferences and Centers scholarship to attend Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

 

Academic Service

 

2016 – 2018  Director, Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference, Brevard College