M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1979

B.A. Goddard College, 1975


North|Rock|Edge: Shetland 2017/2019, Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2022.

Lead editor & author of one chapter for The Alabama Black McGruders by J.R. Rothstein, et. al. NY: Redstone Publishing, 2022.

The Avalanche Path in Summer, Ahsahta Press, 2019

Trafficke, Ahsahta Press, 2015

Gallowglass, Ahsahta Press, 2010

Bone Pagoda, Ahsahta Press, 2007

A Smell of Burning Starts the Day, Wesleyan University Press, 1988

The Hands in Exile, Random House/National Poetry Series, 1983

Grants & Awards

National Poetry Series; National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship; Pushcart Prize; Eugene M. Kayden Award for Poetry; Chad Walsh Poetry Prize; Foreword Review Small Press Book of the Year, Bronze Award; Tupelo Press Broadside Prize; Indiana Review Poetry Prize; Runes Poetry Prize; Quarter After Eight Prose Award; multiple Pushcart nominations in poetry and nonfiction; nominations for Best of the Net, Dewars Profiles Performance Art Award, General Electric Performing Arts Award.

Residencies at The Booth (Shetland), Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat (Scotland), Timespan Cultural & Arts Centre (Scotland), Sweeney’s Bothy (Isle of Eigg, Scotland), Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (Oregon), Ucross Foundation (Wyoming).

Academic Awards: Faculty Research & Development Award, Creative Awards, Faculty Study Leaves (competitive), Undergraduate Research Scholars Mentoring Program.

Poems, collaborations, & mixed-form writing

42 Opus, The American Voice, Antioch Review, Apartment Poetry, Attaboy!, Beloit Poetry Journal, Beltway Quarterly, Big Breakfast, Black Warrior Review, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, Blue Buildings, California Quarterly, Cerise Press, Chapman, Clade Song, Colorado Review, Còmhlan Bheanntan/A Company of Mountains, Copper Nickel, Court Green, Crazy Horse, Crossing the River: Poets of the Western US, Cutbank, DC Poetry Anthology, Denver Quarterly, Early Ripening: American Women’s Poetry Now, Evening Will Come, Faces & Tongues: Poetry & Prose about People & War, Feminist Studies, A Fine Excess: 50 Years of the Beloit Poetry Journal, Five Fingers Review, Free Verse, Green Mountains Review, High Plains Literary Review, Hotel Amerika, Hungry As We Are: An Anthology of Washington Area Poets, Indiana Review, iO Poetry, The Literary Review, Luna, Mesostic Interleaved: Reading through Books, Writing through Names, Missouri Review, The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, Northwest Review, Oversound, Phoebe, Ploughshares, Plumwood Mountain, Practice, Quiddity, riverrun, The Road North, Runes, Seneca Review, Sing! Heavenly Muse, Slow Dancer, Southern Poetry Review, Spacecraftproject, Split This Rock Chapbook, Tonantzin, Terrain, There were our own/there were the others, This Barbed Heart: Chad Walsh Prize Anthology, Tupelo Quarterly, Under a Warm Green Linden, Under the Rock Umbrella: American Poets from 1951-1976, Volt, Wingbone: Poets from Colorado.

Interviews & Essays

Beloit Poetry Journal Poets’ Forum, Bloomsbury Review, Cerise Press, Colorado Poets Center, Evening Will Come, How a Poem Happens, Poetry Daily, Practice: New Writing + Art, Quiddity, Rob McLennan’s Blog, Sweeney’s Bothy / Bothan Shuibhne, Tracks in the Snow: Essays by Colorado Poets.

Editing, Curating, Production

Editorial Board, Poetry Daily (current); Call & Response, co-curator; Practice: New Writing & Art, Poetry Editor; Poetry Theater: Faculty Advisor & Executive Producer.

Exhibitions: Artist’s Books & Visual Poems, solo & collaborative

123 Gallery (VA); Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: traveling exhibits in Virginia, DC, New York, London, & Cairo; Fenwick Gallery (VA); Vulcan Gallery, Workhorse Arts Center (VA).

Conference Papers, Workshops, Roundtables

American Folklore Society, Associated Writers & Writing Programs, Ballad Singers Summit, Colorado Women’s Studies Association, DC Poets Against the War, Fall for the Book, International Conference on the Arts in Society (Edinburgh), Johnnie Harris Writers, Northeast MLA, National Writers Union, Poetry Society of Virginia, Rocky Mountain/Southwest Women’s Studies Association, Split This Rock, World Fair Use Day.

Readings, Recent & Selected

Academy of American Poets (NYC), Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (DC), An-Tuireann Art Centre (Isle of Skye, Scotland), Aspen Writers Conference, Associated Writers & Writing Programs (multiple), Barrelhouse Presents (DC), Bates College (ME), Busboys & Poets (DC), Cheryl’s Gone (DC), Coming to the Table (DC), Collected Books (Santa Fe), Counterpath (Denver), The Ear Inn (NYC), Frostburg State College (MD), Houston Community Collage, Hungry Mind Bookstore (St. Paul), In Your Ear (DC), Inner Librare (VA), Malaprops Bookstore (Asheville), New Leaves Festival (VA), Northern Virginia Community College, Ohio University, Olson’s Books (VA), The Potter’s House (DC), Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center (MD), Reston Arts Center (VA), Sarah Lawrence College, Shore Poets (Edinburgh), Tattered Cover Bookstore (Denver), Timespan Culture & Arts Centre (Helmsdale, Scotland), University of Colorado: Boulder, University of Colorado: Colorado Springs; University of Illinois: Springfield, University of New Mexico, Washington College, The Waypost (Portland), The Writers Center (MD).

Current Projects

“The Edge of Everything,” poems from Atlantic barrier islands & the Gulf Stream.

Paper as Memory: hand-made paper incorporating artifacts of experience.


Professor Emerita, George Mason University

George Mason University (1988-2019): MFA/BFA in Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Poetry, Folklore Studies Affiliate, Women’s & Gender Studies Affiliate

University of New Mexico: Visiting Writer (Spring semester, 1999)

Loretto Heights/Regis College University Without Walls: Course Consultant (1988-1991)

Sterling Community College: Instructor (Spring, 1988)

Artist in Residence, Yuma Colorado (Spring, 1988): workshops with battered women’s recovery group; Stirling Community College; family history; poets in the schools

Ohio University: Visiting Associate Professor (Fall Quarter, 1987)

University of Colorado, Boulder: Teaching Assistant (1976-77, 1978-79)

Areas of Interest

Modern & contemporary poetry; women’s poetry; poetry at its intersections with land art & walking art; African American poetry; white poets “writing race;” Scottish poetry; poetic form; formally innovative poetry; hybrid forms; long poem & poetic sequence; poetry of war & its social consequences; visual poetry; poetry from & as research.

Graduate Courses Taught

Form of Poetry, Poetry Workshop, Thesis Workshop, Poetic Sequence & Collage, Craft Seminar (poetry, multiple topics), Book Beasts (visual & procedural poetry, book arts, land-based avant-garde), Poetry Proseminar, Poetry from/as Research, Feminist Avant-Garde Poets, Modernist Women Poets, Contemporary Poets, 20th c. War Poetry, Identity Poetics, Poetry in Translation, Topics in Folklore: Traditional Ballads, Directed Reading & Writing, Visiting Writers Seminar.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Workshop, Form of Poetry, Bookish Beasts, American Poetry 20th Century, Recent American Poetry, Women Writers: Marianne Moore, Honors Seminar, Native American Literature of Northern Plains, Independent Study, Honors Thesis, BFA Thesis.

Professional Service

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, DC16: Steering Committee; Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities: Community Programs Panelist; National Endowment for the Arts: Poetry Panelist; Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award: Fiction Panelist; Illinois Arts Council: Poetry Fellowship Panelist; Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program: Poetry Panelist.

Academic Service

Department: BFA/MFA Creative Writing Committees; Reappointment, Promotion, & Tenure Committee; Full Professors Committee; Salary Committee; Faculty Search Committee. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; Ad Hoc Committee on Cultural Diversity.

College & University: Fall for the Book Festival; Co-Curator, Call & Response annual collaborative exhibits; Provost’s Native American Studies Initiative; Executive Committee, Program for Study of the Americas; Faculty Advisor & Executive Producer, Poetry Theater.

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