Office: Horton 302
B.A., Advertising, Penn State
M.A., English, McNeese State University
M.F.A, Creative Writing, McNeese State University
I'm interested in words, how they capture, shape, and create meaning, especially in the realm of fiction.
Undergraduate Classes Taught:
ENG 114: Academic Writing
ENG 228: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 308: Fiction Writing
ENG 428: Advanced Fiction
Bio in a Nutshell: Upon graduating from Penn State with a degree in Advertising, I got fired from my first job after six weeks. I cut lawns, worked in a comic book shop, at a mall bookstore, and finally with a typesetter. Later I talked my way into a creative writing graduate school, where I learned a great deal, mostly what I didn't understand about writing. I also found I really enjoyed teaching, which I've done now for about twenty years. Just before making a new home at Ship, I directed the MFA program at McNeese State University.
I'm fiddling with a few things till another novel takes hold--a second collection of short stories, a series of essays on narrative craft, some nonfiction based on recent travels to Canada.
Brawlers (Arthur A. Levine, 2019)
Into the Hurricane (Arthur A. Levine, 2017)
In the Wake of Our Vows (Fomite, 2017)
The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self-Help Work of Fiction (Gorsky Press, 2014)
The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible! (LSU Press, Fall 2013)
The Miracle Stealer (Arthur A. Levine, 2010)
Buddy Cooper Finds a Way (Simon and Schuster, 2004)
St. Michael's Scales (Arthur A. Levine, 2002)