has been a Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine since 1981. He spent a sabbatical semester as Balkan Scholar at the American University in Bulgaria teaching American poetry and 20th century fiction, and returned there again as a Fulbright professor. A second Fulbright award brought him as Senior Scholar to Minya University in Upper Egypt. His sojourns in Eastern Europe and the Middle East have had a major impact on his teaching and writing. He is a widely published American poet whose books include, Whole Horse, No Snake, No Paradise, and most recently, The Origins of Tragedy, published by CavanKerry Press. His work appears regularly in The Paris Review. He is the founder of the Stonecoast Writers Conference and lives in Portland, Maine.