Hi, Internet rambler. I’m glad you’re here and I hope you’ll stay a while.
I have many interests, and I never could follow the advice to limit myself to just one professional genre. This Web page reflects that, offering you many useful and entertaining bits, I hope.
I’m a published writer (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scholarship) as well as a writing faculty at Indiana University Southeast, where I’ve taught for more than 15 years. I earned my MFA in poetry from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program. In addition to teaching at Southeast, I give independent workshops and classes.
I also perform (acoustic guitar, dobro, ukulele, vocals, lap steel) with the Americana/Roots trio Molly’s Mutts.
Me and the family are micro-homesteaders, working a tad less than two acres in New Albany, In., across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky., maintaining a native-plant meadow, organic garden, and egg-laying chickens, and writing about our projects.
I list literary and writing events on Facebook: Creative Writing Induicky
- On trying to teach students not to use clichés - With experience as a writer comes certainty about clichés (and their exceptions). Don't use 'em exclamation point period. These worn-out formulas add nothing to the… -
- Virtual Band Performance: John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” - Greetings, everyone. I'm excited to have a new remix uploaded today. Here's a virtual performance of John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery" with the addition of… -
- Listen to an amazing poem by Gwendolyn Brooks - If you're into poetry, then you'll love this series celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the Poetry Society of America. Here's Major Jackson reading a poem… -
- “Paper Wings” (Gillian Welch) Cover - Here's a track I forgot I had. Recorded a couple of years ago at TNT Studios in Louisville. Personnel: The Bourbon Sidecars with: Michael Jackman… -
- A little advice on poem titles - I think poets should avoid certain kinds of titles. Particularly one-word titles such as, for example, “Claustrophobia” or “Illness.” Now, not all one-word titles are… -
- Purpose of a Poem - Absolutely the hardest habit to get students to break is thinking of poems like little papers, whose purpose is to create meaning decorated with pretty,… -
I also have writing and lessons available in the store.