I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin
Peay State University, where I teach and write about twentieth-century poetry. I also
serve as Secretary of the Wallace Stevens Society.
My current book project, "Echo & Critique: Poetry and Political Clichés after World
War II," analyzes how postwar poets responded to the political doublespeak of their
era by taking specific phrases (like "transfer of population," "service the target" or
"revenue enhancement") and then putting pressure on them, drawing out their implications,
and complicating them within a poem. At the same time, "Echo & Critique" argues that
poets used this technique to weigh their own susceptibility to the clichés of public
My articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in MLQ, Essays in Criticism, Philological
Quarterly, The Yale Review, JML: Journal of Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature,
Paideuma, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Cambridge Quarterly, Literary Imagination,
and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. I also review contemporary poetry for
such venues as Colorado Review Online, Chicago Review, PN Review, Harvard Review Online,
and Rain Taxi.