• Professor of English and Creative Writing


  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1972
  • M.A., Cornell University, 1976
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1979


My teaching interests center on twentieth-century literature, drama, and creative writing. The courses I've offered recently include Crossing Borders (a first-year seminar), Modern British and Irish Fiction, Shakespeare and the Limits of Genre, American Poets Since 1960, Contemporary British and Irish Drama, Modern Fiction and Sexual Difference, a class on the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov, another class on James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, and the playwriting workshop in the Creative Writing Program. In 2011 I was honored to receive Oberlin's Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2012 was featured in the Princeton Review's The 300 Best Professors (Random House).

My publications include The Transparent Lyric, a study of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, and many articles about modern and contemporary literature. Co-editor of Oberlin College Press and the journal FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, I am also the editor of American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia (1999), and A FIELD Guide to Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (revised edition, 1997). I have directed the Oberlin-in-London Program six times, most recently in the spring of 2012. (I've written a blog post about the program here.) I also co-direct a London theater tour for Oberlin alumni every other June (and I've blogged about that experience here). In January 2016 I took a dozen students to London for a Winter Term project focused on theater.

I currently chair the Oberlin-in-London Program Committee and serve on the Creative Writing Program Committee. I also help administer Oberlin's admissions blogs and other social media websites.