I am a poet, author of five books of poems: most recently WHIRLWIND (U of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and BURN AND DODGE (U of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. I was awarded a Witter Bynner Fellowship by the Library of Congress for 2013, chosen by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
I am now moving into writing prose: I have published several aphoristic sequences in various magazines and am currently working on a prose memoir called Hitchcock Blonde.
I have an abiding interest in ekphrasis (writings about the visual arts). A previous poetry book of mine, SERIOUS PINK (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003) is comprised entirely of poetic sequences in dialogue with the work of three painters: Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, and Howard Hodgkin. I have also taught courses on the subject.
I currently teach advanced poetry workshops at The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York City as well as privately.
I am Director of The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition, ongoing since 1996.