I grew up in Stamford, Conn., in the 1950s, a place and time that I can’t seem to shake. My most recent book, "Almost Grown," published by Paper Kite Press in the fall of 2008, is about growing up in Stamford. And my study of hot rodding, "Cool Cars, High Art: The Rise of Kustom Kulture," published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2003, was inspired by the cars that I saw on the streets of Stamford. In 2005 I was invited to co-curate a three month exhibition at the Columbus College of Art and Design entitled "Wheelz: The Art of the Ride." And I was invited the following year to be a featured speaker at a symposium on automobile culture at Youngstown State University. My career has taken a late and unexpected turn.
In addition to three collections of poems ("Designs For/On Ahti," "Animals," and "Finger Food") my work is included in two anthologies: "The New Geography of American Poetry" and "Vampire: An Anthology." My work has also appeared in a number of magazines including The New American Review and The American Poetry Review. I earned a B.A. at Northeastern University and my M.A. and PhD. at the University of Connecticut where I wrote a dissertation on William Carlos Williams and Women.
I have taught at the University longer than almost anyone, but I still find the students a constant inspiration. In a culture that, for so long, has had the motto, "Greed is good," it is especially rewarding to work with young men and women who dedicate their lives to such "impractical" values as beauty, excellence and creative expression.