• The Letter Eye (poetry collection under consideration at various presses)
  • The Splintered Mirror: Ritual, Narrative, and Modernity in the Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (critical study, two chapters completed).
  • Speaking the Page: The Dialectic of Aural and Visual Textualities in Modern American Poetry (critical study, two chapters completed).
  • The Point Alma Venus Manuscripts of Robinson Jeffers: A Critical Edition, co-edited with Rob Kafka (in preparation for Stanford University Press).
  • Is It Real or Memorex: Toward a Rhetoric of Textual Media (critical study, one chapter completed).



  • Ticket Stubs & Liner Notes (winner of the 2018 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, November 2018)
  • Poem’s Poems & Other Poems. Cincinnati, OH: CW Books, 2016. 107 pp. (poetry collection).
  • The Textuality of “Soulwork”: Jack Kerouac’s Search for Spontaneous Prose. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2014. 228 pp.
  • The Tao of Twang. Cincinnati, OH: CW Books, 2014. 107 pp. (poetry collection).
  • Thirteen Ways of Talking to a Blackbird. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2013. 29 pp. (poetry chapbook).
  • White Levis. Columbus, OH: Pudding House Press, 2010. 26 pp. (poetry chapbook).
  • Redneck Yoga. Finishing Line Press, 2010. (poetry chapbook)
  • White Levis. Pudding House Press, 2010. (poetry chapbook)
  • Kerouac’s Crooked Road: The Development of a Fiction.  Southern Illinois University Press, 2010 (originally published by Archon Books, 1981; previously reissued by University of California Press, 1996).
  • Fault Lines.  The Backwaters Press, 2009. (poetry)
  • The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers.  Stanford University Press, 2001.
  • The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers:  Volume Five: Commentary and Critical Apparatus.  Stanford University Press, 2001.
  • The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers:  Volume Four:  Poetry 1903-1920, Prose, and Unpublished Writings.  Stanford University Press, 2000.
  • The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volume Three, 1938-62.  Stanford University Press, 1991.
  • The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volume Two, 1928-38.  Stanford University  Press, 1989.
  • The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volume One, 1920-28.  Stanford University Press, 1988.
  • Lake County Diamond.  Intertext Books, 1986. (poetry)


One hundred fifty poems published in journals anthologies, including CutBank, Epoch, Free Lunch, Ironwood, ISLE, Natural Bridge, Quarterly West, Rhino, Sequestrum, Spillway, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry.

Articles and Essays (selected):

  • “‘It is out of fashion to say so’: The Language of Nature and the Rhetoric of Beauty in Robinson Jeffers”(forthcoming in Ecocritical Aesthetics: Language, Beauty, and the Environment, ed. Peter Quigley and Scott Slovic. Indiana University Press)
  • “Mediation and Immediacy: The I and You of Jack Kerouac’s Theater of Voice.” Beat Drama:Playwrights and Performances of the “Howl” Generation, Ed. Deborah Geis. New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016. 13-24.
  • “Constructed Witness: The Drama of Presence in Robinson Jeffers’ Lyric Voice.” The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers, Ed. ShaunAnne Tangney. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 41-64.
  • “‘Blow as deep as you want to blow’: Time, Textuality, and Jack Kerouac’s Development of Spontaneous Prose, Journal of Beat Studies 1 (2012): 49-87.“Twice Upon a Road: The Scroll and Viking Versions of On the Road.Kerouac’s Crooked Road: The Development of a Fiction.  Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press,  2010.  xiii-xxxiii.
  • “A Poetics of Witness: Jeffers’ ‘Salmon Fishing’ and the Apology in ‘Apology for Bad Dreams,” Jeffers Studies 10.2-11.2 (2009): 1-17.
  • “Typetalking: Voice and Performance in On the Road.”  “What’s Your Road, Man?”: Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Ed. Hilary Holladay and Robert Holton.  Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press,  2008.  169-86.
  • “Jeffers and ‘The Palace’ of Tradition,” Jeffers Studies 7.2 (2003): 15-23.
  • “The Work of the Edition: Some Possible Lessons and Directions,” Jeffers Studies 6.4 (2002): 36-45.
  • “Stones and Sand” (“Constructed Sincerity: Voice and Nuance in Jeffers’ Short Poems”), Jeffers Studies 6.1 (2002): 21-29.
  • “Many Drummers, A Single Dance?” Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation, Ed. Ronna C. Johnson and Nancy Grace.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.  251-60.
  • “The Muse Learns to Tape.”  Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print, Ed. Elizabeth Loizeaux and Neil Fraistat.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.  189-210.
  • “Men Talking in Bars” included in 1996 reissue of Kerouac’s Crooked Road, University of California Press.
  • “Double the Axe, Double the Fun: Is There a Final Version of Jeffers’ The Double Axe.” TEXT 7 (1995):  435-57.
  • “Jeffers’ ‘Roan Stallion’ and the Narrative of Nature.”  Robinson Jeffers: Dimensions of a Poet, Ed. Robert Brophy.  New York: Fordham University Press, 1995.  64-83.
  • “The Problematic Nature of Jeffers’ Tamar.”  Robinson Jeffers: Centennial Essays, Ed. Robert Zaller.  Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1991.  85-106 (expanded version of “A Voice in Nature:  Jeffers’ Tamar and Other Poems.”  American Literature, 61.2 (1989):  230-44.
  • “Robinson Jeffers:  The Modern Poet as Anti-Modernist.”  Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers, Ed. James Karman.  Boston:  G. K. Hall and Co., 1990.  245-52.
  • “Paul Bowles: Past and Present.”  The Review of Contemporary Fiction 2.2 (1982):  52-55.
  • On the Road:  An Adventurous American Education.”  On the Road.  By Jack Kerouac. Ed. Scott Donaldson.  New York:  The Viking Press, 1979.  465-84.
  • “The Composition of On the Road.” On the Road.  Ed. Donaldson:  534-37.
  • “The Interactive Voice of Robinson Jeffers’ Hungerfield.”  Robinson Jeffers Newsletter 43 (1975):  12-17.  (Reprinted, Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, 1962-88.  Robert J. Brophy.  Occidental College, 1988.  47-54.)


Cornell University: AB cum laude, English, 1970; MA, English, 1974; PhD, American Literature, 1975


  • University Professor of English, Illinois State University, 2003-16.
  • Professor of English and American Studies, Washington State University, 1990-2003.
  • Academic Dean and English Professor, Deep Springs College, 1987-90.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, English Department, Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, 1985-87.
  • Acting Instructor, English Department, University of Washington, 1984-85.
  • Director of Communications and Humanities, Nova College of Nova University, 1982-84.
  • Professor of English and Speech, Deep Springs College, 1981.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Colby College, 1980-81.
  • Lecturer, Freshman Honors Program, University of Delaware, 1976-80.
  • Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Utah, 1974-76.


  • Pushcart Prize Nominations: 2009, 2011, & 2016
  • Lawrence Clark Powell Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Robinson Jeffers Association, 2002.
  • NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, 1992-93.
  • Outstanding Teacher, Cornell University, Merrill Presidential Scholar Program, 1991.
  • Certificate of Merit, Bookbuilder’s West Book Show, 1989 (for Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Volume One).
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 1988.
  • NEH Texts Program Research Grant ($25,000), 1987-88.
  • Tor House Foundation Fellow, 1987.
  • NEH Summer Seminar, The Modern American Long Poem, Roy Harvey Pearce, University of California, San Diego, 1983.
  • First Prize ($1,000), National Poetry Competition, the Chester H. Jones Foundation, 1983 (judges: Carolyn Forché, Dave Smith, and Diane Wakoski).


  • American Literature Association
  • AWP
  • Beat Studies Association (Vice President, 2008-  ; Organizing member and Executive Board, 2004-08).
  • Society for Textual Scholarship
  • Robinson Jeffers Association (President, 1993-95; Organizing member and steering committee, 1990-93; Advisory Board, 1997-99).