I grew up Pennsylvania. I received my BA in English Literature from Penn State University and my MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. I have taught literature and creative writing at schools such as NYU, Purchase College, CUNY, UCSB, and Goddard College, where I am currently on the faculty of the BFAW program. I currently live in Santa Barbara, CA, and I have a cat named Zsazsa.
My newest collection of poetry, "Anthem for the Wounded," is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press. My first book of poetry, “The Lamp with Wings: love sonnets,” (HarperPerennial) was winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. I am also the author of the chapbooks, “Notes on Melancholia” (Monk Books) and “The Case of Jane: a verse play” (500places press), which was produced for Performa 13 and broadcast on NPR. My work can be found in numerous journals, including The New Orleans Review, Narrative, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, The Journal, Pleiades, The Burnside Review, Harpur Palate, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, and Gulf Coast. I have also had work included in the The Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press) and The Best of Poetry International (McSweeney's). In addition to my poetry, I also occasionally perform improvisational pieces collaboratively with my longtime friend, Ronnie Yates, at venues such as Alabama Song, The Menil Art Collection, and SUNY Binghamton.
Currently, I serve as faculty advisor for the Goddard College BFAW Program's national undergraduate literary journal, Duende. Duende's mission is to publish a majority of writers who are from underrepresented communities. I also edit, with friends, PAPERBAG, which focuses on publishing larger selections of work by our authors.