Chair and Departmental Advisor for Liberal Arts
I have worked as critic and culture writer for over thirty years, publishing in a wide variety of commercial magazines and literary journals. In such venues I often seek to bring lesser known artistic enterprises to wider notice. For instance, I have written essays about the French literary group Oulipo, Ray Johnson's letter art, Vivian Maier's photography, Sun Ra, Jackson Mac Low's drawings, Jack Whitten's sculptures, and a museum devoted to the ephemera of one man’s life.
My poetry and fiction draw on a wide range of influences, including Charles Olson, Gertrude Stein, and Italo Calvino. While I am an advocate of writing that attempts, through stylistic innovation, to cast experience anew, my tastes are energetically catholic and extend both widely (across the arts) and deeply (from high to popular culture). This range of aesthetic awareness helps me lead aspiring students of literary art toward a most valuable insight: the interconnectedness of all art through common origins in the human need to express consciousness.
BA, English Literature, Pennsylvania State University
PEN American Center
National Book Critics Circle
Games and Stunts (Black Square, 2017)
Touch Wood (Black Square, 2011)
Letters from Mayhem (Cabinet Books, 2004)
Me with Animal Towering (Black Square, 2002)
A Handbook of Phrenology, artist’s book (Dolphin Press, 2000)
The Geographics (Hard Press, 1995)
Bendable Siege (Red Dust, 1991)
Poetry, fiction, and prose has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and editions:
Bookforum, Black Clock, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Cabinet, First Intensities, The Germ, Grand Street, Hambone, Harper’s, New Observations, New York Times Book Review, Open City, PEN America, Postmodern Culture, Salon, Talisman, Tin House, Sulfur, The Village Voice. Brooklyn Rail: Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose, 2006); Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Non-Fiction Reader (Bloomsbury, 2004); 110 Stories: New York Writes after September 11th (NYU Press, 2002) ; The Best of the Village Voice Literary Supplement (Riverhead 2001); All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader (Touchstone, 2002); The Wine Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia (Introduction) (New York Review Books, 2000); Gertrude Stein: A Study of the Short Fiction (Twayne, 1999); White Noise by Don DeLillo: Text and Criticism (Viking, 1998); Fetish: An Anthology (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998); Primary Trouble: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Talisman, 1996).
Experimental fiction and poetry; art and text collaborations; landscape and aerial photography; outsider art; cartography; and literary culture.
Andy Warhol Arts Writer Grant, 2017
MacDowell Fellowship, 2015
Whiting Writers’ Award, 2000
National Book Critics Circle award for Excellence in Reviewing, 1999
Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing, Sun & Moon Press, 1994
Advanced Fiction (Fall 2018)
Eleven and a Half
Eleven and a Half (Fall 2018)
Eleven and a Half Ind Study
Ind Senior Project
Ind Senior Project (Fall 2018)
Independent Study (Fall 2018)
Senior Seminar: Fiction