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




Logic of the Lost (poetry), Longleaf Press

Absolute Faith (poetry), ByLine Press


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




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.



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