BiographyFor most of my career, I've taught at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Washington), where I started a Writing Center and co-founded the African American Studies program. My teaching and academic publication have been in a spectrum of areas: British and American literature, composition, creative writing, rhetoric, and African American literature. I have also taught at the University of California, Davis; Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany), and Uppsala University (Sweden)--the latter as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
African American literature, Modern and Contemporary British and American Poetry, British Romantic poetry, creative writing, rhetoric, writing-pedagogy. I have also published poetry and fiction.
Reading philosophy (as an amateur), growing vegetables and flowers, fishing, traveling (including to Sweden, Germany, Turkey (Istanbul), and Sicily. I regularly visit the norther Sierra Nevada mountains in California, where I grew up