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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


Professor of English, Brevard College, Brevard, NC  1978-2018


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




The Best Material for the Artist in the World: Albert Bierstadt--A Biography in Poems 

      Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2023

If Not These Things,  Kelsay Books, 2022

Logic of the Lost,   Longleaf Press, 2001

Absolute Faith, ByLine Press, 1999


Witness: Appalachia to Hatteras, 2023 & 2022, North Carolina Poetry Society, Gilbert-Chappell
        Distinguished Poet Series


Kakalak, nine times, Moonshine Review Press

Pinesong, three times, North Carolina Poetry Society Awards

Personal Story Publishing Project Series: That Southern Thing, Luck and Opportunity, 
Curious Stuff, Twists and Turns, Lost and Found, Sooner or Later 

Old Mountain Press: Webster's Reading Room, Enjoy the Holidays,
    The Cataloochee Bridge, Old Tales
After the Storm, Down By the Sea

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 South, The Greensboro Review, The GSU Review, I-70 Review, Library Love Letter, Litmosphere, The Lyricist, Main Street Rag,  Montana Mouthful, Naugatuck River Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Ocean State Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Pisgah Review,  Redheaded Stepchild, Rockvale Review, Sandhills Review, Stone Poetry Journal, Tar River Poetry, Teach-Write, Thema, THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays, Twelve Winters Journal, Weber: The Contemporary West, Willawaw Journal, Willows Wept Review, The Worcester Review, Word Journal.



2024  Winner, Outstanding Poetry Book, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Award

2023  2nd Place in Poetry, Flying South Contest, Winston-Salem Writers

2023  Finalist, Lit/South Awards, Charlotte LIT

2023 & 2021  Poetry in Plain Sight selection, North Carolina Poetry Society


2023, 2022, 2015 & 1999 Pushcart Prize nominations

2023 & 2022  Distinguished Poet, Western Region, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, NCPS 

2022 & 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 to 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


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

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