Education

MFA, Poetry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
BS, Social Work, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.


Publications

  • “The Body Wars,” University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020
  • “Jackknife, New and Selected Poems,” University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017
  • “The Switching/Yard,” University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013
  • “Red Sugar,” University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008
  • “Boneshaker,” University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002
  • “Mad River,” University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995
  • “Ravage,” Lefty Blondie Press, chapbook, 2012
  • “Ravenous,” State Street Press, 1995, chapbook, 1995

Awards & Recognition

  • Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, 2019
  • Paterson Prize for Poetry, 2018
  • Regional Artist Grant from Heinz Endowments and Pittsburgh Foundation, 2014-2015
  • Creative Achievement Award, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2000
  • Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, 1995
  • Pablo Neruda Prize, 1990
  • Discovery/The Nation Prize Finalist, 1989

Professional Memberships

  • PEN Writers
  • Associated Writing Programs
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Poetry Society of America

“The secret to writing is deceptively simple: never quit. Continue to write through the rejections, the unexpected turns in life – no matter what happens, just keep writing.” — Jan Beatty

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