2010-2014 18 Graduate Humanities Hours, American Military University
2000-2002 Almost ABD, 50+hours, Texas A&M University
1979 M.A. English, Texas A&M University
1975 B.S. Education, University of Texas at Austin
2015-present Professor Creative Writing and Humanities, Austin Community College
2005-2015 Dean, Arts and Humanities Division, Austin Community College
2003-2005 Department Chair, Creative Writing, Austin Community College
2002-2005 Professor, English, Austin Community College
2000-2002 Teaching Assistant, English, Texas A&M University
1993-2001 Associate Professor, English, Austin Community College
1991-1993 Full-time Faculty, Developmental Writing, Austin Community College
1988-1991 Division Chair, Developmental Education, Austin Community College
1980-1988 Department Head, Developmental Writing, Austin Community College
1978-1980 Adjunct Faculty, Developmental Writing, Austin Community College
1975-1978 Teaching Assistant, English, Texas A&M University
English Composition I, English Composition II, Introduction to Literature, American Literature I, American Literature II, World Literature I, Humanities, Creative Writing Poetry, Creative Writing Fiction, Creative Writing Memoir, Technical Writing, Developmental Writing. In addition to traditional modes of instruction, I have taught many of these courses through distance learning; some have been taught with computer-assisted instruction.
Other Employment/ Duties
2005-2006 Columnist, Creative Pulse Magazine.
2003-2005 Editor, The Rio Review.
2001 Assistant to Managing Editor, Callaloo, Journal of African Diaspora.
2000 Fiction Editor, Brazos River Review.
1989-1992 Publisher and Editor, MAN! Magazine.
1982-1985 Book Review Editor, The Texas Humanist.
2011 As Long as We Need, Poems, Austin, Texas, Black Buzzard Press.
2010 Established Parameters, Poems, Austin, Texas, Gallery Shoal Creek.
2006 The Road Home. Poems. Austin, Texas. Dalton Publishing.
2005 Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary. 6th Ed.. Editor. Pearson.
2005 CommonSense: A Handbook and Guide to Writing. 3nd Ed.. McGraw Hill.
2003 CommonSense: A Handbook and Guide to Writing. 2nd Ed.. McGraw Hill.
2001 Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary. 5th Ed., Editor. Pearson.
1999 CommonSense: A Handbook and Guide to Writing. McGraw Hill.
1993 Text & Commentary. Poems. Austin, Texas: Mandala.
1989 New Growth: Contemporary Short Fiction by Texas Writers. Editor. Corona.
1985 Letters of Roy Bedichek. Edited with William A. Owens. UT Press.
1979 The Life and Work of Leonard Doughty. Master’s Thesis. TAMU
Chapters or Selections in Books or Anthologies
2015 “Ghost Story,” a poem in Texas Poetry Calendar 2016.
2012 “The Tab,” a poem in Agave.
2012 “Children at the Door of Faith,” a poem in Di-verse-city 2012.
2011 Three Poems in translation, in New Poetry Appreciation 3.
2011 “Window Shopping,” a poem in Texas Poetry Calendar 2012.
2008 “Weekend Forecast.” a poem in Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair.
2006 “Co-Op.” a poem in Literary Austin.
2005 “Absolution.” a poem in Di-Verse-City 2005
2005 “Sing! Someone Dance! I Beg You!” a poem in Houston Poetry Festival.
2005 “Weekend Forecast.” Texas Poetry Calendar 2006.
2004 “Product Reliability.” a poem in Houston Poetry Festival 2004 Anthology.
2004 “Soulmates.” a poem in Di-Verse-City 2004.
2004 “Found Things.” a poem in Is This Forever, or What? edited by Naomi Nye.
1999 “Hunting Season.” a poem in Tres-Di-Verse-City.
1998 “Waiting for Mercy,” 30 poems in Feeding the Crow.
1998 “Searching the Parking Lot for a Poem.” a poem in Best Texas Writing I.
1998 “Black Bowl with Apples on Old Tablecloth.” a poem in Di-Verse-City-Too.
1997 “These are things I’ve been wanting to tell you.” a poem in Di-Verse-City.
1996 “Love of a Mentor,” an essay in Purpose, Pattern, and Process.
1993 “Introduction,” in What Makes a Man a Man.
1992 “Foreword” and “For Chuck,” essays in The Best Man.
1992 “Interview with Asa Baber,” “Love of a Mentor.” essays in The Best Man.
1992 “Recovering from a Good Mother.” poems and memoir in Through the Fire.
1991 “With Arcadio, William Goyen is a Writer Reconciled.” in William Goyen.
1988-present several dozen poems published in journals such as Sulphur River Literary Review, Borderlands, Concho River Review, Windhover, RE:AL, descant, Brazos River Review, The Cortland Review, Rose and Thorn, Cider Press Review, Texas Observer, Prose Ax, Poetry Motel, Words of Wisdom, Timber Creek Review, Indefinite Space, Pikeville Review, Damn Intellectuals.com, Enkidu, Icarus, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and MAN!
Articles, Essays, Reviews
1981-present about eighty pieces of various lengths and subjects in The Texas Humanist, Texas Observer, Texas Books in Review, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Creative Pulse Magazine, Dallas Morning News, The Grackle, Knackademics, Journey, and New Texas. Included are long reviews and essays about William Owens, William Goyen, John Graves, David Oliphant, Robert Moore, R.G. Vliet, Rolando Hinojosa, and Stephen Harrigan. Shorter pieces include those about Wendell Berry, Michael Ventura, Pat Mora, Larry L. King, Joseph Campbell, A.C. Greene, Donald Bartheme, Anne Dilliard, Laura Furman, Phillip Lopate, and James Kunetka. Articles about education include essays about part-time faculty, writing across curriculum, and the pop-grammarians of the 1970’s and 80’s.
Performances , Readings, and Papers
1985-present about sixty performances and readings at Featured Reader at Austin International Poetry Festival 2012, Texas Book Festival, Callaloo Reading Series, Langdon Review Conference, Walt Whitman Celebration, Emily Dickinson Celebration, W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, Malvern Books, Chicon Collective, Windhover Conference, San Angelo Elmer Kelton Writers’ Conference, Texas A&M Commerce, Houston Poetry Conference, Alligator Grill Reading Series, Balcones Center Reading Series, Skanky Possum Reading Series, Bread Loaf Blue Pallor Readings, Poetry in the Arts, Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conferences, Expressions Series, Houston Poetry Festivals, The Austin International Poetry Festivals, Austin Community College Literary Festivals, TYCA conferences, Frontera Festival, Austin Poetry Society, Texas Poetry Society, The Walden Center, Mojos, The Austin Men’s Center, The Rio Room, Cactus Cafe, Barnes and Noble (Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth), Goddess Conferences, International Men’s Conferences, Texas Library Association, Texas Folklore Society, Texas Literary Festival in Denton.
Honors, Awards, Scholarships, Boards
2013-2014 Austin Community College Sabbatical Award.
2012 Rochester Institute of Technology-National Science Foundation Grant.
2011 Gallaudet University Regional Center, 5-year Grant.
2011 Pushcart Nomination for Poetry.
2010 National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read Grant.
2009 National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read Grant.
2009 Austin Arts Award, representative for Arts and Humanities Division.
2007-2009 Board Member, Austin Bat Cave.
2007-2008 Board Member, ProArts Collective.
2006 Contributor, Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
2005 The Chancellor’s List.
2005 Board Member, Austin Chapter, American Creativity Association.
2004 Contributor, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
2004 Vice President, Two-year Caucus, Associated Writing Programs.
2003 Who’s Who Among America’s Best Teachers.
2003 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
2002 Center for the Humanities Fellowship, Texas A&M.
2001 Austin Community College Sabbatical Award.
2000-2002 Texas A&M Teaching Assistant Fellowship.
2000 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship.
1998 Pushcart Nomination for poetry.
1997 Scholarship for Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference.
1997-1999 Board Member, Austin International Poetry Festival.
1989 “MAN!” Magazine, Best New Magazines of the Year, ALA.
1988-1992 Board Member, Austin Men’s Center.
1988 Austin Community College Sabbatical Award.
1985 Letters of Roy Bedichek, finalist, Carl P. Collins Award, TIL
1981 Outstanding Young Men of America.
1979 President, Part-time Faculty Association, Austin Community College.
1975-1978 Texas A&M Teaching Assistant Fellowship.