Books and Chapbooks

This Holy Alphabet, Paraclete Press, December 2009

Proper Words for Birds, New Women’s Voices Series No. 65, Finishing Line Press, January 2009

Journal and Anthology Publications (since 2001)

“To Paint the Purple Finch,” “A Special Relativity” and “Keeping Silence,” Frigg Magazine, Fall 2011,

“The Thrush of Morning” and “A Blessing,” Pembroke Magazine, Volume 43, 2011

“Of Moment,” Alaska Quarterly Review, 2011

“Gallery Talk” and “Transfiguration” Slow Trains, September 2010

“Unseen,” “Recalling the Indigo Bunting,” “Transformation,” and “Bold,”, 2010


“St. Mary’s Suite: Song of Ascents,” Soundings East, Volume 29, 2010

“Stampede of Sorrow” and “The Long Hall,” descant, Spring 2010


Vesper Light,” Compass Rose, May 2010


“Snail’s Pace,” and “Transformation” The Cape Rock, Fall 2009

“Elemental ” and “Small Blessing,” Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry, Issue 18, Fall-Winter, 2009

“Hidden” and “Stream-Wary,” RiverSedge, Volume XXII, No. 2, Fall 2009

“Tidewater” and “Remembering Papa,” Chicago Quarterly Review, Volume 12, 2009

“A Gift of Magnolia,” Notre Dame Review, Number 28, Summer/Fall 2009

“Unraveling the Riddle of our Sphinx,” “After the Diagnosis,” and “What the Mountain Knows,” Minnetonka Review, Winter 2009

“Unforeseen,” GW Review, Winter 2009

“Contemplating Pluto,” Borderlands, #31, Winter 2009

“Note from the Good Land” and “What We Keep,” North Atlantic Review, Volume 20, 2009

“What History Has to Say,” South Carolina Review, Volume 40.2, 2009

“At the Memorial,” Wisconsin Review, Spring 2008

“Great Blue in the Cemetery” and “Observances,” Talking River Review, 2008

“Preservation,” SLANT: A Journal of Poetry, Spring 2008

“Memory,” ByLine, December 2008

“Closures,” Bryant Literary Review, 2008

“Resemblance” and “Morning Business,” River Oak Review, 2008

“Picture Postcard from VA —Winter Landscape” and “Post Card from the Blue Ridge,” Diner, Volume 7, 2007

“Proper Words for Birds,” Chrysalis Reader, 2007

“Finding the Fisherman,” The Hurricane Review, Summer 2007

“Epitaph” and “The Writing on the Wall,” The Griffin, Spring 2007

“Last Dance,” Whiskey Island Magazine, Volume 52, Winter/Spring 2007

“Overlooking Shenandoah,” The Baltimore Review, Volume XI, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2007

“He,” The Divine Hours Pocket Edition, comp. Phyllis Tickle, Oxford University Press,  2007

“Clearing,” New Delta Review, Volume 24, Number 1, 2007

“Reworking the Clichés,” Phoebe, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2007

“Even,” Schuylkill Valley Journal, Volume 24, Spring 2007

“Insect Lesson,” The Evansville Review, Volume XVII, Spring 2007

“Crossing,” Louisiana Literature, Volume 23, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2006

“Sleeping with Sorrow,” ep;phany, 2006

“Crossing,” Crucible, Volume 62, 2006

“Proverbs” and “Family Album,” Nimrod International Journal, Volume 50, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2006

“Beholding Nehemiah,” Limestone, 2006

“Certainty,” Buckle &, Volume Sixteen, 2006

Ars Poetica,” Carquinez Poetry Review, Number 4, 2006

“Ode for a Crossing Fox,” Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Winter 2005

“A Gardener in the Aftermath,” Flyway: A Literary Review, Volume 9.3 – 10.1, Spring/Fall 2005

“The Photographer’s Woman,” California Quarterly, Volume 31, Number 3, 2005

“Dark Intersection” and “Empty Chamber,” Poem, Number 94, 2005

“Moving from Deep,” Poet Lore, Volume 100, Number 3/4, 2005

“As a Matter of Fact,” Confluence,  Volume 16, 2005

“Gradual Song,” Westview, Volume 24, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2005

“Pastoral,” Mother Earth International Journal, Volume XII, Number 4, 2005

“Fallow Field,” Manzanita, 2002

Divinum Mysterium,” Plainsongs,  Volume XXII, Number 2, Winter 2002

“Thaw,” Appalachian Heritage, Volume 30, Number 1, Winter 2002

“White Noise” and “Drake,” Avocet, Volume 5, Number 4, Summer 2002

“Two Women” and “Vanished Light,” Lumina, Volume VI, Spring 2001

“Thanksgiving Morning,” Snowy Egret, Volume 64, Number 2, Autumn 2001

Professional Activities and Honors

Nominee, 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Award in poetry

Fellow, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,  2009, 2010 and 2011
Fellows Council, 2009 – present; Chair, 2011 –

Sam Ragan Prize,  2006

Academy of American Poets Award, 1972

Wall of History, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville, TN

Lambda Iota Tau (International Literary Honor Society), Gamma Theta Chapter

Coordinator and Instructor, Poets of the Parks Program, Memphis Park Commission, 1978

English/Writing Tutor, Board of Regents’ Testing Program, Georgia State University, 1973

Vice Chairman,  English Section, Mid-South Association of Independent Schools, 1975

Memphis Writers’ Workshop, Founding Member


Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts/English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Master of Arts, English, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Doctoral Study, English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Summer Graduate Study, North Georgia College and Memphis State University (University of Memphis)

Theological Study, Virginia Theological Seminary, Lay School of Theology