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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
At Miami I worked with Margaret Peterson
Bret Anthony Johnston,
and Stephen Markey.
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
books include Satyrday (novel),
The River (novelization),
Amazing Stories, Volumes 1 & 2
Daylight Savings (poems),
The Strange and Wonderful Tale of Robert
McDoodle (The Boy Who Wanted To Be a
book), and A Cat of a Different Color
poems, essays, and articles have been published in
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’