Finalist, Mid-American Review Fineline Competition (“Earth Beneath the Snow,” 2017)
Featured Chapbook, August 2017 (The Garlic Peelers): Quill’s Edge Press
Semi-finalist (Some Words for Meanwhile), Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky / Editor’s Choice Award (2017)
Winner (The Garlic Peelers), Quill’s Edge Press “On the Edge” Chapbook Contest (2015)
Finalist (The Garlic Peelers), Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award (2015)
Top-Ten Cash Award Winner (“Open to the Elements”), Rhyme Zone Poetry Contest (2014-15)
Finalist and Honorable Mention (Dear Earthling), Able Muse Book Award for Poetry (2013)
Tupelo Press 30/30 Poet, September 2013
Best of the Net nomination (“Chinese Mother to Her Son,” 2010)
Pushcart nomination (“For a Woman Washing Vases,” 2006)
Honorable Mention (“Found Horses”), MacGuffin National Poet Hunt (2006)
First Prize, Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest (2005)
Second Prizes (2), Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest (2005)
Winner (“Our Turn”), The Robert Haiduke Prize, Bread Loaf School of English (1997)


Degrees and Institutions:

Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing, 2002
University of California, Berkeley, MA, English, 1964
Bluffton University, BA, English and Philosophy, 1962

Teachers and Mentors -- Poetry:

Chris Abani
Richard Garcia
Frank X. Gaspar
Paul Muldoon
David Trinidad

Workshop Leaders -- Poetry:

Daniel Anderson
Terrance Hayes
Eloise Klein Healy
Andrew Hudgins
Timothy Liu
Suzanne Lummis
Jack Myers
Alan Shapiro
Mark Strand
Karen Subach
Natasha Trethewey
Charles Harper Webb