I earned my Ph.D. in American literature and rhetoric from Florida State University in 1994, where I also edited the literary magazine Sundog: The Southeast Review. My doctoral dissertation examined prefaces to nineteenth-century novels to explain how authors rhetorically constructed images of their readers and of themselves. I have a Master's degree in creative writing (fiction) from Florida State University. My master's thesis, The Great Indoors, is a collection of short stories set among people who worked in shopping malls during the 1980s. Several of these stories have been published in California Quarterly, The William and Mary Review, and anthologized in a collection by Snake Nation Press. I earned my B.A. in English (creative writing) in 1979 from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
My current research focuses on questions of identity, authority and culture in electronic environments. My wife and I are delighted to be here in Duluth--despite the short growing season--with our two cats, Dinah and Roane.