I am a poet, scholar, and teacher. I grew up on the Northern outskirts of Los Angeles county, and moved into Los Angeles proper to attend California State University, Northridge, where I earned a BA in English and an MA in English with a Creative Writing focus. Looking to continue my studies and to experience something radically different than LA, I moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where I am currently pursuing my PhD in English at the University of North Dakota.
In my poetry, I’m invested in the power of the personal lyric and its ability to transcend the apparently mundane. If not more than other art forms, certainly in a unique way, I believe lyric poetry allows for the generation of empathy that can help us to overcome barriers that separate us from one another and the world. To that end, I am invested in poetry of place, often exploring the connections between physical geographies and inner geographies. I’m currently working on a full-length poetry collection.
In my scholarship, I am primarily interested in 20th and 21st century American literature, trans-Atlantic Modernism, and contemporary poetry and poetics, though I read pretty widely. I have a special affinity for contemporary Japanese fiction. The authors I return to most often are Wallace Stevens, Louise Glück, Charles Wright, and Haruki Murakami. Currently, I’m writing about Wallace Stevens’ long poems and Tim O’Brien’s In the Lake of the Woods. I’m also dabbling some in writing about pop culture and TV serial narrative. And, as always, I’m re-reading a Murakami novel.
When I’m not reading or writing, I like taking long drives on twisty roads (or tinkering with cars themselves), prowling for good sushi with my wife, and playing video games.