I am an Associate Professor in the English Department at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where I am also currently the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. I received my BA from Haverford College in 1992, and my Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in 2000. I’m the author of Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry (Oxford University Press), which focuses on Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka.
My second book, Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture has just been published by Oxford University Press (in July 2016). I am also currently writing The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry Since 1945 (under contract, Cambridge University Press).
I have published widely on poetry and 20th- and 21st-century literature, on such topics as the New York School of poets, Language poetry, conceptual poetry, the legacy of pragmatism, the Oulipo, and African-American literature, on figures ranging from Shelley and Keats to W.H. Auden, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Francis Ponge, Amiri Baraka, James Schuyler, and Rae Armantrout.
My critical work has appeared in numerous journals, including Contemporary Literature, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Comparative Literature Studies, Jacket2, and Raritan, and in various essay collections, including The Cambridge Companion to American Poets, Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry, The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature and The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets. My poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Gulf Coast, Western Humanities Review, Notre Dame Review,Verse, and other journals.