Gonzaga College High School
Department of English
College Writing Program
Folger Shakespeare Library
Interim, Poetry & Lectures Coordinator
Carroll High School
Writing Center, Founder & Director
My first book of poems, Meeting Bone Man, came out in 2012 from Main Street Rag Publishing and my second, Gospel of Dust (2013) is now available from Main Street Rag Publishing.
I’m grateful that my poetry has been published in many places, including the Los Angeles Times, as well as in a wide variety of anthologies, including Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith Religion and Spirituality, Edited by Kevin Simmonds, Poetic Voices Without Borders 1 and 2, Edited by Robert Giron, Full Moon on K Street, Edited by Kim Roberts, Come Together-Imagine Peace, Edited by Phil Metres, Ann and Larry Smith. My poems have also appeared in many journals including Poet Lore, Tidal Basin Review, Drumvoices Revue, Ibbetson Street, Word as Bond, and Sojourners.
I was born in Pomona, California, just outside of Los Angeles. After studying English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, I taught high school in Southern California and then went on to receive an M.Div. at the University of Notre Dame. I taught in Notre Dame’s Freshmen Writing Program before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2000, where I founded the Writing Center at Carroll High School, taught at American University, and currently teach in the Department of English at Gonzaga College High School. (Photo Credit above: J. Bigwood, at left: D. Vera)
An early member of D.C. Poets Against the War, I co-edited Cut Loose The Body: An Anthology of Poems on Torture and Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib. My co-editor on this project was poet and writer Rose Marie Berger.
I have read around the country including Washington, D.C.’s Folger Shakespeare Library, (2013) the Pratt Library in Baltimore, Maryland, (2012, 2013) Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana (2012, 2013) D.G. Wills Bookstore in La Jolla, California, (2012) and the Library of Congress’ Poetry at Noon Series, (2009, 2010)
I’m grateful to the editors of Poet Lore, Tidal Basin Review, and Little Patuxent Review who nominated me for Pushcart Prizes. Their encouragement and confidence means a great deal to me. I’m also grateful to the editors at Little Patuxent Review and staff at Baltimore’s Pratt Library for awarding their 2012 poetry prize to my poem “If Mamie Till Was the Mother of God.”