- PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 1994
- MA, University of Texas, Austin, 1989
- BS, Biblical Studies, Institute for Christian Studies, Austin, TX, 1992
- BA, English and French, Harding University, Searcy, AR, 1985
Areas of Specialization
- Late 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish poetry
- Irish culture and literature
- Gender and sexuality, history of sexuality, gay and lesbian literature
- Creative writing, poetry
Recently Taught Courses
||English Literature II (1900-present)
||Gay and Lesbian Literature
||British Poetry since 1900
||Irish Literature, study abroad in Ireland
||Women in Society
||Community Service Internship
- 2010 IACI Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Irish American Cultural Institute, spring 2010.
- 2010 Carol Jones Carlisle Award, USC Women's & Gender Studies Program, for research at the National Archives, Dublin, Ireland.
- 2008 Contemporary Theatre Fellowship, IES Abroad Dublin and London Faculty Seminar, Institute for the International Education of Students, 2008.
- 2008 Professional Development Fellowship, USC College of Arts and Sciences, for summer research in Ireland.
- 2001 Carol Jones Carlisle Research Award, USC Women's Studies Program, for research at the New York Public Library and the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn.
- 1999 C.P. Snow Fellowship for science and literature, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.
- 2010 Fellowship in Prose Writing, SC Arts Commission.
- 2010 Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry, SC Academy of Authors.
- 2008 Mortarboard Senior Honor Society Excellence in Teaching Award.
- 2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, for Signals. South Carolina Poetry Initiative and USC Press. Judge: Afaa Weaver.
- 2006 Legacy Award, Human Rights Campaign of the Carolinas, for a consistent and significant record of working to improve the lives and visibility of LGBT people in North and South Carolina.
- 2001 Michael Lynch Service Award, presented by the Gay and Lesbian Caucus for the Modern Language Association.
Current Research Projects
I am currently working on Quare Fellas: Marginal Masculinities in Irish Literature and Film, a study of queer and marginal masculinities in literature and film between 1977 (the year of legal challenges to sodomy laws in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) and 2002.
- Prodigal: Variations. Lethe Press, forthcoming 2011.
- Tiresian Poetics: Modernism, Sexuality, and Voice 1888-2001. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008.
- Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. Edited with Candace Chellew-Hodge. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press, 2010.
- Signals: Poems. Columbia: USC Press, 2007.
- Irish Studies: Geographies and Genders. Edited with Marti Lee. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
- "The Anus of Tiresias: Sodomy, Alchemy, Metamorphosis" [on Marcel Jouhandeau], French Literature Series 34 (2007), Queer Sexualities in French and Francophone Literature and Film: 113-127.
- "Penetrating Matthew Arnold." In Michael Field and Their World. Margaret D. Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson, eds. High Wycombe: Rivendale Press, 2007. 83-95.
- "Spectral Youth: Gay Literature, Irish Studies, Queer Theories," Foilsiú: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies 4.1 (spring 2004): 95-108.
- "Gospels of Inversion: Literature, Scripture, Sexology" [on Radclyffe Hall and Havelock Ellis]. In Divine Aporia: Postmodern Conversations about the Other. John Hawley, ed. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press, 2000. 74-103.
- "The Language of the Graveyard: Polemicizing the Poetic in Tony Harrison's 'V'." In Caverns of Night: Coal Mines in Art, Literature, and Film. William Thesing, ed. Columbia SC: USC Press, 2000. 126-151.
- "Dream Boy: Jim Grimsley's Gothic Gospel," North Carolina Literary Review no. 9 (2000): 111-129.
- "Say It With Flowers: The Poetry of Marc-André Raffalovich," College Literature 24.1 (Feb 1997): 11-27. Special issue on queer theory.
- "The Well of Loneliness, or The Gospel According to Radclyffe Hall," The Journal of Homosexuality 33.3-4 (winter 1997): 163-186. Reprinted in Reclaiming the Sacred: The Bible in Gay and Lesbian Culture. Raymond-Jean Frontain, ed. Binghamton NY: Haworth Press, 1997. 163-186.
- "The Grounds On Which We Met: Friendship and the Possible," in On the Meaning of Friendship Between Gay Men. Andrew Gottlieb, ed. New York: Routledge, 2008. 39-45.
- "Gay Bridal Showers" [commentary on same-sex marriage activism], All Things Considered, National Public Radio, broadcast 29 March 2004. Originally published as "Queer Eye for the Straight Bride," Free Times 25 Feb 2004: 10.
Poetry - Recent and Selected
- "Poem" and "Family Bible," The South Carolina Review 41.2 (spring 2009): 127.
- "Weekend," in After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. Joseph Lombardo, ed. Atlanta: Sante Lucia Books, 2008. 295.
- "Blue," Verse Daily, 23 June 2008.
- "Ark," Poetry Ireland Review no. 93 (April 2008): 62.
- "Prayer," Sojourners, April 2008: 25.
- "Sunday morning, Wadmalaw," in The Seagull Reader: Poems, 2nd ed. Joseph Kelly, ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. 217-219.
- "Sacrifice," in Best New Poets 2007: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers. Natasha Trethewey, ed. Charlottesville VA: Samovar Press with Meridian, 2007. 89.
- "Sacrifice" and "Aisling," in The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. Daniel Tobin, ed. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2007. 836-837.
- "Light," "Story," and "Cabin, Near Caesar's Head," in The Southern Poetry Anthology, vol. 1, South Carolina. Stephen Gardner and William Wright, eds. Huntsville TX: Texas Review Press, 2007. 143-146.
- "Dust," Asheville Poetry Review 14.1 (#17, 2007): 84.
- "At the Mutter Museum," "Devotion," and "Kilnaboy," The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, 19.2 and 20.1 (summer 2007): 164-166.
- "Light," Los Angeles Review no. 2 (2005): 185.
Presentations - Recent and Selected
- "Austin Clarke's Irritated Penis: Sex and Politics in Clarke's Last Poems," invited lecture, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro GA, 24 Feb 2009.
- "'Gently, not gay': Performing Masculinity in Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie," IES Dublin and London Faculty Seminar in Contemporary Theatre, IES-London, 24 Sept 2008.
- "Learning Poetry from the Inside Out: the Split P Method," with Ray McManus (founder Split P Poetry), SC Conference for Teachers of English, Kiawah Island SC, 29 January 2008.
- "The Buggering Hillbilly and the Buddy Movie: Male Sexuality in Deliverance," Modern Language Association, Chicago IL, 28 Dec 2007.
- "Scabies, Matt Dillon, and the Fighting Beta: Economies of Masculinity in Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie," American Conference for Irish Studies National Meeting, New York University, New York NY, 20 April 2007.
- "First-Year Experience, Cultural Awareness, Summer Study Abroad: A Tour of Ireland," 20t International Conference for the First Year Experience, Big Island, Hawaii, 10 July 2007.
- "GLBT Social Justice Activism in South Carolina: The Fairness for All Families Amendment Campaign," Community Panel on Social Justice Activism in South Carolina, 20th Annual USC Women's Studies Conference, "Feminisms and Justice," University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, 1 March 2007.
- South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia SC, Feb 2009
- Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN, Oct 2008
- Poetry Society of SC, Charleston SC, Sept 2008
- Round Top Poetry Festival, Round Top TX, May 2008
- Arkansas Literary Festival, April 2008
Also: Arkansas State University, Catawba College (NC), Columbia College, Furman University, Georgia State University (Statesboro), Missouri State University, USC-Aiken, University of Tulsa.
- 2007 graduate of the Midlands Diversity Leadership Academy, diversity management training program sponsored by the Riley Institute of Furman University.
- President, Southern Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, 2001-2005.
- 2001 graduate of Leadership Columbia, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
- Guest artist and writer in residence, Palmetto Center for the Arts, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia, SC.
- Writer in residence, Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, 2004-present.