Professional Bio


  • Ph.D, English, New York University, 1991
  • M.A., English, Saint Bonaventure University, 1984
  • B.A., English - Writing Concentration, Nazareth College, 1982

I am a fiction writer and scholar of early American literature. My dissertation focuses on the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne as responses to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I am also a great admirer of Herman Melville’s sprawling and ambitious novels, Edgar Allan Poe’s crazy stories, and Emily Dickinson’s exquisite poetry.  My other interests include Irish poetry and plays, African-American literature, and American modernist poetry.


Research & Scholarship

Unergraduate Courses

Early American Literature, American Romanticism, African-American Literature, Hawthorne, Fiction Writing 

Select Publications

“Nocciola.” Short story. Whitefish Review, Winter 2013/2014.

“All the Wrong Moves.” Short Story. Saranac Review, Fall 2012.

“In Love with Louise.” Short Story. Trachodon, Spring 2012.

“Sunday Morning at the Silver Spur.” Short Story. South Dakota Review, Summer 2011.

“Once Upon a Time at the Kiev.” Short Story. Specs, Fall 2011

“It’s Always the Quiet Ones.” Short Story. GSU Review, Spring/Summer 2007.

“Spring Creek Pass.” Short story. Glimmer Train Stories, Spring 2005.

“Diamond Dash.” Essay. The Colorado Review, Summer 2003.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition
  • Faculty Lecturer of the Year, 2010
  • Artist residencies, Jentel Arts Foundation (2009) and Brush Creek Arts Foundation (2012), both in Wyoming
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Regis Leadership Program, 2007
  • Second place, GSU Review Fiction Contest, 2007
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Regis Student Activities, 2005
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, 2003
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Pace University, 1996
  • Finalist, New American Letters Fiction Contest, the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, and the Engine Books Fiction Contest (for The Ruins, a novel manuscript)
  • Fiction Award, Colorado Council on the Arts, 1999