M.F.A. in English, 1975. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
Plugging in the Flowers, poems.
Director: James Tate

B.A. with Honors in English, 1970. Trinity College, Hartford, CT.



A Cat of a Different Color, a novel.
New York: Delacorte, 2000.
New York: Dell Yearling, 2001.

The Strange and Wonderful Tale of Robert McDoodle (The Boy Who Wanted to be a Dog), a children’s book in verse.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.

Daylight Savings, poems.
Layton UT: Gibbs Smith,1989.

Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. Volumes 1 and 2.
New York: Charter Books, 1986.
London: Futura, 1986.
Paris: Presses de la Cite, 1986.
Munich: Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, 1986.
Tel Aviv: Or’Am Schatz, 1986.
Tokyo: Shinchosa, 1986.
Barcelona: Editorial Planeta, 1986.
Hoganas, Sweden: Bokforlaget Bra Bocker, 1986.

The River, a novel based on a screenplay by Robert Dillon and Julian Barry.
New York: Berkley Books, 1985.
London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1985.
London and Sydney: Sphere Books Ltd., 1985.
Paris: Presses de la Cite, 1985.
Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1985.
Amsterdam: ECI, 1985.

Satyrday, a novel.
New York: A Berkley/Putnam Book, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1980.
London: Souvenir Press, 1981.
New York: Berkley Trade Edition, 1982.
Antwerp: Het Spectrum Utrecht, 1984.
New York: Berkley Books, 1985.
Munich: Fischer Taschenbuch, 1986.

Stories and essays:

“Take That, Will Rogers,” an essay. Dog People, ed. Michael Rosen. New York: Artisan/Workman, 1995.
“Fixing the Furnace,” an essay,
Hopewell Review, Vol. 7, Sept. 1995.
“A Man Who Cooks,” an essay,
Glamour, June 1995.
“The Price of Resurrection,” an essay,
Harrowsmith/Country Life, May/June 1994.
“Fired,” a short story.
The Dickinson Review, Vol. IX, 1994.
“Becoming a Gardener,” an essay.
My Poor Elephant: Twenty-Seven Male Writers at Work, ed. Eve Shelnutt. Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1992.
“Wild at Heart,” an essay.
Harrowsmith/Country Life, May/June 1992.
“Teaching Creative Writing,” an essay.
Mississippi Review, Vol. 19, nos. 1-2, 1990.
“Farmhouse Blues,” an essay,
Home, Vol. 23, No. 10, Oct. 1986.


Effective Educator Award, Miami University Alumni Association, Miami University, 2003.
Outstanding Professor Award, Associated Student Government, Miami University, 2001.
Parents’ Choice Foundation, “A 2000 Fiction Recommended Winner” for A Cat of a Different Color.
E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award, for excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching, Miami University, Oxford, OH 1997.
Distinguished Educator Award, College of Arts and Science, Miami University, 1995.
Outstanding Teacher Award, Associated Student Government, Miami University, 1991.
Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize for Daylight Savings, Gibbs Smith, Inc. 1989.
Master Artist Fellowship Award, Indiana Arts Council, Indianapolis, IN., 1988.
Strousse Award for Poetry, Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska, 1982.
ALA Best Book Award for Satyrday, 1981.
Allan Collins Fellowship in Prose, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT., 1981.
Writing Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA., 1978-79.
Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1975.

Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Professor of English, 1996-2009.
Co-Director of Creative Writing (Internal Programs), 1996-2001.
Director of Creative Writing, 1986-1996.
Associate Professor of English, 1986-1996.
Assistant Professor of English, 1982-1986.

Colby College, Waterville, ME.

Assistant Professor of English, 1981-1982.
Instructor of English, 1979-1981.

Staff Associate, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. 1984, 1987.


• Assigned Research Appointment, Miami University, 1987, 1992-93, 1998.
• Summer Research Appointment, Faculty Research Committee, Miami University, 1984, 1988.
• Writing Fellowship, Ossabaw Island Project, Ossabaw Island, GA, 1982.
• Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, Poets in the Schools, 1976.