Teaching, administrative, and research appointments

State University of New York -- Potsdam

2008ff Professor, English and Communication

2004-2008 Associate Professor, English and Communication

1997-2004 Assistant Professor, English and Communication


2012- Director, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

2006-2009; 2012-2013, 2014-2015 Chair, English and Communication

1997-2004; 2005-2006 Director of Graduate Studies, English and Communication

1998-2004 Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Minor in Language and Linguistics

Metropolitan State University

1997 Community Faculty, Writing

University of Minnesota

1996-97 Lecturer, English and Composition

1992-93 CEE Senior Fellowship in English and American Literature

1986-92 Instructor, Composition and English

1989-91 Research Assistant, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing

Bowling Green State University

1983-86 Instructor, Composition

1981-83 Graduate Assistant, Composition and Creative Writing



Ph.D., English, 1994; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

M.A., English Language and Literature, 1990; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

M.F.A., Creative Writing, 1983; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

B.A., English, 1979; St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY


Selected Publications


Snow Fleas. Prose Chapbook. Chicago, IL: Another New Calligraphy, 2017. [handmade and numbered.] ANC044.

Then. Prose Poems. Chicago, IL: Another New Calligraphy, 2015. [handmade and numbered.] ANC026.

Chant. A Romance. Kenmore, NY: BlazeVOX[Books], 2008.

Lucy's Eggs: Short Stories & A Novella. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2006. Winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing's Best Fiction of 2006 Award

Sidewalk Portrait. A fragmentary novel. Kenmore, NY: BlazeVOX[Books], 2006.

Pretending and Meaning: Toward a Pragmatic Theory of Fictional Discourse. Contributions in Philosophy, vol. 57. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996.

Books Edited

William Gass' Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, an On-Line Casebook. Studies in Modern and Contemporary Fiction: Web-Based Casebooks. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive, 2006.

The Blueline Anthology. Ed. with Anthony O. Tyler, Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett, Myra Gann, Alan Steinberg, and Alice Wolf Gilborn. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2004.


Founding and Executive Editor, Potsdam College Press. 2006-09

Editor, Blueline, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, 1998-2009

Editorial Board, English Studies Forum: Parody / Play / Performance. Ball State University. Muncie, IN, 2004-08

Editor, Unbound, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, 2001-06

Editorial board, Blueline, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, 1997-98

Editorial board, Mid-American Review, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1981-83

Articles & Essays

"Night Walk." North Country Reflections: On Life and Living in the Foothills and the Valleys. Eds. Neal Burdick and Maurice Kenny. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2013. 21-26.

"Fences." Why We're Here: New York Essayists on Living Upstate. Ed. Bob Cowser, Jr. Hamilton, NY: Colgate UP, 2010. 170-81.

"The Case of 'Donna Quixotic: The Mirror of Uldolpho'(Episode 18)." Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of the Future. Eds. Angela Hague and David Lavery. London: Wallflower Press, 2002. 91-97.

"Identity Crises / Cries for Identity: Claiming the Canadian Prairie in the Novels of Robert Kroestch." World Literature Today 73.2 (1999): 288-94.

With Deborah Rossen-Knill. "The Princess Bride and The Parodic Impulse: The Seduction of 'Cinderella.'" Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 11.1 (1998): 43-63.

With Deborah Rossen-Knill. "The Pragmatics of Verbal Parody." Journal of Pragmatics 27 (1997): 719-52.

"Charles Williams and the Aesthetic Ideal of Friedrich von Schiller." Extrapolation 35 (1994): 271-80.

"Théorie du chaos et psychohistoire: Une Dynamique non linéaire." Trans. Épiphrène Kheuray. Solaris: Science fiction et fantastique (Montréal) 101 (1992): 72-74.

Fiction & Fragments

"Alzheimer." The Bond Street Review. Summer, 2014: 31.

"Lange." the Bicycle Review. 27 (Apr. 15, 2014): 18.

"Empire." Hydeout. Episode 1 Jan. 30, 2014.

"Poetry (1953)." The Bond Street Review Summer (2012): 23.

"Teddy Bear" and "Fat Man." scissors and spackle 6 (2012): 99.

"Imagism." w/art by Dana. Aerogram 16 (May 6, 2012).

"Toads." Vermont Literary Review (2011): 26-31.

"Pound." the delinquent 15 (2011): 106.

"Penicillin," "Joyce," "Influenza," "J. Edgar," and "McCarthy's Wheeling." the 2nd hand (2010).

"Posh (1923)." the delinquent 11 (2010): 85.

"Les Hommes" and "Hunger." Clackamas Literary Review 13 (2009): 4-7.

"Neighbors" (Postcards from Kittle: 44). The Bathroom 5 (2009).

Excerpt from Privies. Stone Canoe 2 (2008): 297-303.

"Postcards: #36." Lake Effect 10 (2006): 118-19.

"Postcards: #42, #39, #23." Offcourse, A Literary Journal 26 (2006).

"The Telephone Girl." The Connecticut Review 27.2 (2005): 71-88.

"Postcards: #6, #15, #47." Salt River Review (2005).

"Postcards: #3, #5, #25." (excerpts) PulpBits Anthology 2005. Burlington, VT: PulpBits, 2005. 41-45.

"Postcards: #20, #30, #41." RipRap (2005), 11, 43, 118.

"She draws as she talks." Excerpt from Sidewalk Portrait. seems 35 (2002): 25.

"By the River of Sacred Cows." The Pikeville Review (2001): 70-79.

"Muttering something about raising Cain." Vermont Literary Review 7.1 (2000): 4-9.

"Blacque Jacques Le Muet." Prairie Winds (2000): 50-62.

"Wigglies." the Acorn 15 (1996): 18-24.

"Having Airs." Short Story 4.2 (Fall, 1996): 40-46.

"The Kid Who Knew Too Much." Happy 4 (1995): 34.

"Another Story about Hippos." Air Fish: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction. Ed. Joy Oestreicher and Richard Singer. Cupertino, CA: Catseye Books, 1993. 63-66.

"#19a." Excerpt from Sidewalk Portrait. Mark 10 (1993): 48.

"#18" (as "Waterlines"). Excerpt from Sidewalk Portrait. Mind in Motion 30 (1993): 35-36.

"#28b." Excerpt from Sidewalk Portrait. Asylum 8 (1993): 111.

"#30b." Excerpt from Sidewalk Portrait. West Magazine 7 (1992): 32.

"The Crocodile Documents." Between C and D 5.1 (1989): 13-20.

"Subject: Petri Ganton." Between C and D: New Writing from the Lower East Side Fiction Magazine. Ed. Joel Rose and Catherine Texier. New York: Penguin, 1988. 10-20.

"Subject: Petri Ganton." Between C and D 3.1 (1986-87): 3-8.

"How My Father Won The West And Became A Mormon In The Same Day." Salthouse 14-17 (1986): 47-58.

"Phenomena." Gambit 18 (1985): 93-97.

"A Day In Waiting." Sou'wester 12.2 (1985): 46-55.

"Buckets of Sand." Pacific Review 2 (1983): 1-3.


"Parmenides," "the river rose," "Rushton's canoes," "pine bluff in dapple," "Thirty years since the goats," "A little neglect breeds mischief." [In Pennyweights, micro-chapbook, Origami Poetry Project, 2016]

"Sophie Wright" and "Things have gone missing." One Trick Pony Review 2 (2014): 35-36.

"There are no organic nails." dislocate 10 (2014): 33.

Four poems from Pulling Nails. On The Quad. Potsdam, NY. Many Moons Press, 2012. np. ("even a hushed step," "we pulled the carpet," "wanted – cedar posts," and "there must be money")

"There are over 500 kinds of 'devils rope." Fortunates (June 3, 2012).

"Sixty-six straight pins." Fortunates (May 20, 2012).

Three poems from Pulling Nails. Parthenon West 7 (2010): 145-47. ("Squeak and Ping," No Schuyler fought here," and "But from a little neglect")

Reviews (fiction and poetry)

Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal. Trans. Alex Zucker. Rain Taxi. (Spring 2017).

One Hundred and Twenty-One Days, by Michèle Audin. Trans. Christiana Hills. Rain Taxi. (Fall 2016).

Camp Olvido, by Lawrence Coates. Rain Taxi. (Spring 2016).

A Roll of the Dice, by Stéphane Mallarmé. Trans. Jeff Clark. Design Robert Bononno. Rain Taxi (Winter, 2015/2016).

Far Alaska, by Mason Smith. Blueline 35 (2014): 124-25.

Birds of Paradise Lost, by Andrew Lam. World Literature Today 87.4 (2013): 59-60.

The Meagre Tarmac, by Clark Blaise. World Literature Today 86.1 (2012): 57-58.

The Pen Friend, by Ciaran Carson. World Literature Today 85.5 (2010): 56-57.

The Optimists, by Andrew Miller. World Literature Today 80.3 (2006): 69-70.

The Hornbooks of Rita K., by Robert Kroetsch. World Literature Today 76.2 (2002): 158.

Completed Field Notes, by Robert Kroetsch. World Literature Today 75.3/4 (2001): 153-54.

The Way It Is, by William Stafford. Blueline 22 (2001): 177-78.

We Who Live Apart, by Joan Connor. Blueline 22 (2001): 177.

The Foundation Pit, by Andrey Platonov. Trans. Robert Chandler. Rain Taxi 3.1 (1998): 47.

An Irish Eye, by John Hawkes. Rain Taxi 2.4 (1997): 16.

Selected Poems 1954-1992, by George Mackay Brown. World Literature Today 71.3 (1997): 593.

Flickering Shadows, by Kwadwo Agymah Kamau. The Review of Contemporary Fiction 17.2 (1997): 293-94.

The Woman Who Walked into Doors, by Roddy Doyle. The Review of Contemporary Fiction 17.2 (1997): 282-83.

Pack of Lies, by Gilbert Sorrentino. Rain Taxi 2.3 (1997): 44.

Hallucinating Foucault, by Patricia Duncker. Rain Taxi 2.2 (1997): 45.

TriQuarterly New Writers, ed. by Reginald Gibbons and Susan Hahn. The Review of Contemporary Fiction 17.1 (1997): 194-95.

Admiring Silence, by Abdulrazak Gurnah. Rain Taxi 2.1 (1997): 6.

The Film Explainer, by Gert Hofmann. Trans. Michael Hofmann. Rain Taxi 1.4 (1996): 7.

Jackson's Dilemma, by Iris Murdoch. World Literature Today 70.3 (1996): 692-93.

Lines of Fate, by Mark Kharitonov. Trans. Helena Goscilo. Rain Taxi 1.3 (1996): 7.

...and dreams are dreams, by Vassilis Vassilikos. Trans. Mary Kitroeff. The Review of Contemporary Fiction 16.2 (1996): 161-62.

Deep River, by Shusaku Endo. Trans. Van C. Gessel. The Review of Contemporary Fiction 16.2 (1996): 182-83.

A Little Hungarian Pornography, by Péter Esterházy. Trans. Judith Sollosy. Rain Taxi 1.2 (1996): 7.

Bullseye: Stories and Poems by Outstanding High School Writers, ed. Pawlak and Lourie. Small Press Review 28.4 (1996): 4.

Tobacco Sticks: A Novel, by William Elliott Hazelgrove. Small Press Review 28.3 (1996): 6.

By the Bias of Sound, by Gustaf Sobin. Small Press Review 28.3 (1996): 4.

Beside the Ocean of Time, by George Mackay Brown. World Literature Today 69.4 (1995): 790-91.

Seagull Beach, by Gary Metras. Small Press Review 27.12 (1995): 8.

A Breeze that Lingers, by John Cooper. Small Press Review 27.11 (1995): 10.

Paradise, by Abdulrazak Gurnah. Northwest Review 33.2 (1995): 119-21.

Learning to Dance and Other Stories, by Sharon Oard Warner. The Review of Contemporary Fiction 14.1 (1994): 230-31.

Killer Swan, by John Wheatcroft. Another Chicago Magazine 26 (1993): 217-19.

Redshift Rendezvous, by John Stith. Minnesota Daily 27 Feb. 1991: 12-13.

The Commitments, by Roddy Doyle. Minnesota Daily 31 Oct. 1990: 12.

The Three-Week Trance Diet, by Jane Piirto. Mid-American Review 7.1 (1986): 204-05.

Living With Snakes, by Daniel Curley. Mid-American Review 6.1 (1985): 132-35.

Reviews (language, discourse, linguistics)

Literature As Communication: The Foundations of Mediating Criticism (Pragmatics & Beyond, New Series 78), by Roger D. Sell. Discourse and Society 5.1 (2003): 131-32.

Negation, Text Worlds and Discourse: The Pragmatics of Fiction, by Laura Hidalgo Downing. Discourse Studies 4.1 (2002): 129-30.

The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception, by R.W. Shuy. Discourse and Society 10.2 (1999): 252-53.

Intrapersonal Communication: Different Voices, Different Minds, ed. by Donna R. Vocate. Discourse Studies 1.1 (1999): 147-49.

Deceit, Delusion and Detection, by W. Peter Robinson. Language 74.4 (1998): 869.

Speech Acts and Conversational Interaction: Toward a Theory of Conversational Competence, by Michael Geis. Discourse and Society 9.1 (1998): 104-05.

Thought Styles: Critical Essays on Good Taste, by Mary Douglas. Discourse and Society 8.3 (1997): 431-32.

What Else Can I Tell You?: A Pragmatic Study of English Rhetorical Questions as Discursive and Argumentative Acts, by Cornelia Ilie. Discourse and Society 8.1 (1997): 145.

Language and Learning for Robots, by Colleen Crangle and Patrick Suppes. Language 72.4 (1996): 864-65.

Trial Language: Differential Discourse Processing and Discursive Formation, by Gail Stygall. Discourse and Society 7.3 (1996): 442-43.

Pretending to Communicate, ed. by Herman Parret. Journal of Pragmatics 25 (1996): 730-35.

Linguistic Theories of Humor, by Salvatore Attardo. Discourse and Society 7.1 (1996): 151-53.

Reviews (literary criticism; literary theory)

Critifiction: Postmodern Essays, by Raymond Federman. The American Journal of Semiotics 18 (2006): 317-19.

Iris Murdoch: A Life, by Peter J. Conradi. World Literature Today 77.1 (2003): 108-9.

Narrating Reality: Austen, Scott, Eliot, by Harry E. Shaw. Studies in the Novel 34.4 (2003): 578-80.

Iris and Her Friends: A Memoir of Memory and Desire, by John Bayley. World Literature Today 74.3 (2000): 603-4.

Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, by John Bayley. World Literature Today 73.4 (1999): 748-49. (U.S. title: Elegy for Iris.)

Ripostes: Reflections on Canadian Literature, by Philip Marchand. World Literature Today 73.2 (1999): 340-41.

Mythologizing Canada: Essays on the Canadian Literary Imagination, by Northrup Frye. World Literature Today 72.3 (1998): 629.

Metafiction, ed. by Mark Currie. World Literature Today 70.4 (1996): 1039.

Navigations, by Ted Kerasote. Minnesota Daily 9 Jan. 1991: 11.

Stolen Words: Forays into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism, by Thomas Mallon. Minnesota Daily 31 Jan. 1990: 10-11.


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