I’m the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016).  I have work featured or forthcoming in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.  I’ve received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency.  I hold an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.  I served as associate poetry editor of The Nation and currently serve as Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press.  I am married to the visual artist Lydia McCord.  I teach in Des Moines, Iowa.

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