I began teaching at Westminster College in 1990, having just completed my MA and PhD in English at Ohio University. I received my BA in English from the University of Maryland. I specialize in creative writing, modern and contemporary American literature, and postcolonial literature. Over the years, I've published two collections of poetry, Small Holes in the Universe (WordTech Editions, 2003) and Bodies on Earth (WordTech Editions, 2010). Of late, I've turned to writing novels. My poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Ohio Review and many other distinguished literary journals. Among the awards I've received for my work are two major grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and an award for "Best Poetry with a Jewish Theme" from the Anna Davis Rosenberg Foundation. I've recieved fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. As a Fulbright Professor of American Literature, I taught at the Universidad de Piura in northern Peru. I've also taught literature and creative writing as a visiting faculty member on two Semester-at-Sea voyages.