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Between 1982 and 2009, I taught fiction writing, contemporary literature, and courses on the publishing industry at Miami University in Oxford, OH where I directed the Creative Writing program from 1986-2001.

I like working with writers and I'm good at it. While at Miami--recently rated # 3 in the nation in terms of the quality of undergraduate teaching, after Dartmouth and Princeton--I was awarded every teaching honor the University offers. The Associated Student Government twice selected me as Outstanding Professor of the Year; the College of Arts and Science named me Outstanding Educator; I won the University-wide E. Phillips Knox Award for excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching; and I was awarded the Effective Educator Award by the Alumni Association.

At Miami I worked with
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Rajiv Joseph, Hugh Sheehy, Bret Anthony Johnston, Karen Mockler, Scott Berg, Keith Banner, David Kajganich, Christopher Coake, Bill Cameron, Austin Kleon, and Stephen Markey. (See endorsements.)


Before that, I taught at Colby College in Waterville ME (1979-1982) and at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (1973-1975; 1976-1978), where I was given the University-wide Outstanding Teaching Associate of the Year award while a graduate student.

I've also been a Staff Associate at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Ripton, VT.

I hold a B.A. with Honors in English from Trinity College, Hartford , CT (1970) and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1975).


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My books include Satyrday (novel), The River (novelization), Stephen Spielberg's Amazing Stories, Volumes 1 & 2 (novelizations), Daylight Savings (poems), The Strange and Wonderful Tale of Robert McDoodle (The Boy Who Wanted To Be a Dog) (children’s book), and A Cat of a Different Color (children’s book).

My poems, essays, and articles have been published in The Nation, Harrowsmith/Country Life, Glamour, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, and many other magazines and have been widely anthologized.

My work has won awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Ossabaw Writers’ Project, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Indiana Arts Council, the American Library Association, and Parents’ Choice.