UTNAA Distinguished Professor of English
Director, Meacham Writers' Workshops
PhD Yale, 1976
Author of 14 books of poems, including Traversings (Ancho and Plume, 2016), Retrievals (CR Press. 2014), Resonanicia (Barcelona, 2014) and Out of Place (Ashland 2014) and Maxine Kumin Award Winner Retrievals (C&R Press, 20124), as well as Resonance (Ashland, 2010), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004) Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003), Heartwall (UMass, 2000 Juniper Prize), Svetovi Narazen (Slovenia, 2001). A limited edition small press book, Falling Stars: A Collection of Monologues (Flagpond Press, 2002) and Richard Jackson: Greatest Hits (2004), and several chapbooks of translations. His own poems have been translated into a dozen languages. He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry: The Fire Under the Moon and Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets (Aleph, í93) and edits an eastern European Chap book series, Poetry Miscellany and mala revija. He is also the author of a book of criticism, Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry (Agee Prize), and Acts of Mind: Interviews With Contemporary American Poets (Choice Award). His several dozen essays and reviews have appeared in Georgia Review, Verse, Contemporary Literature, Boundary 2, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner and numerous other journals, as well as anthologies such as The Planet on the Table: Writers Reading (2003) and John Ashbery (ed. Harold Bloom, 2004). In addition, he has written introductions to books of poems by four different Slovene Poets for various presses, and a special Slovene issue of Hunger Mountain (2003). He has also edited a special 50 page section of Poetry International (2004) on William Matthews with an introductory essay. In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia and has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, 2 Witter-Bynner and Fulbright Fellowships, and 5 Pushcart Prizes. Winner of teaching awards at UT-Chattanooga and Vermont College MFA. The Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli (translated with Susan Thomas and Deborah Brown) appeared from Red Hen in December 2010, and the Selected Poems of Iztok Osojnik (edited) appeared in India in Spring 2010. Tomas Salamun's (edited, intro)When The Shadow Breaks appeared in Slovenia in fall 2010.The Heart's Many Doors will appear from Wings Press in November 2016 (see publications page).
OTHERNESS (to appear in Out of Place, Ashland Poetry Press, 2014)