Welcome to my blog. I use this to space to update folks on my writing and other odds and ends. I live in southeast Pennsylvania midway between Philadelphia and the Pocono Mountains. I earned an MFA in poetry a long time ago from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1993 where I was a Richard Devine Fellow. I’ve worked for a few literary journals including the Mid-American Review, Janus, Toad Highway, and Cleaver. In 2010 I was selected as the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. My poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The Journal, Cortland Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Superstition Review, The Seattle Review, Tar River Poetry and others. I teach part-time in the MFA program at Rosemont College and also in the non-credit Rosemont Writers’ Studio. I’ve published five poetry collections: Muddy Dragon on the Road to Heaven, Winner of the Codhill Press Poetry Award; Reckless Constellations, winner of the Cider Press Review Editor’s Award; The Magician’s Handbook; Necessary Myths, winner of Dogfish Head Poetry prize; and The Trouble with Rivers. In 2014 I was a guest poet of the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates. I’m also a founding member of the poetry improv group No River Twice. My favorite dry fly is the Parachute Adams. My favorite nymph is a basic Hare’s Ear with a brass bead. For bass I stick mostly to a Clouser Minnow (no relation) and sometimes a Murry Hellgrammite.
You can see some sample poems here.
The image at the top of the page is of Promised Land Lake in Promised Land State Park in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mts. When I die I hope my ashes will be dumped into that water.