I am the author of four poetry collections. My most recent book, Mechanical Fireflies (2011), was selected for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. My first book, Black Tupelo Country (2008), received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). Several hundred of my poems have been published by journals that include The Kenyon Review, Slate, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, AGNI, and Alaska Quarterly Review. I am a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. I direct the Writing Center and teach creative writing at The Ohio State University at Lima.