Ora et labora.
I came to Taylor to join a top Christian college English department that offered a full suite of opportunities in literature and creative writing, including a long-standing literary journal, a biennial conference hosting some of the finest writers in the country, and a wide variety of courses taught by talented faculty members with diverse critical and creative interests.
I love working closely with aspiring writers who are just beginning to identify themselves as artists, and just becoming committed to improving their craft. Writers need support from other writers at every stage of their lives and careers. I also like being involved daily in conversations about the relationship between art and faith. Lastly, I enjoy facilitating the discovery of the world’s great books for students who are new to serious reading and literary study.
Reading, film, walking, travel, the outdoors, international cuisine, spending time with my family and friends. My wife Bethany and I have been married since 1998. We have two children: our daughter Una Pearl and our son Casey Howard. I collect music from the big band, swing, and early jazz era of the 1920’s–1940’s. I own thousands of records (78, 33 1/3rd, and 45 rpm) from the period and listen to them regularly.
My debut collection of poems, A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country, was published in 2012 (VAC Poetry). My work has appeared in many print and online journals, including: The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Art House America, Books and Culture, Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), The Midwest Quarterly, The Other Journal, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Rio Grande Review, Pyrta (India), Seneca Review, and others. I have worked in the field of Instructional Design, taught high school, and taught at Roberts Wesleyan College, Houghton College, and now at Taylor University.