My books of poetry's full-length collections are This Crazy Devotion (Broadstone Books, 2020), Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House, 2015), The Torah Garden (Autumn House, 2011), Rabbis of the Air (Autumn House, 2007), Book of the Unbroken Days (Mammoth books, 2005) and The House of Sages (Mammoth books, 1998). I've also published five chapbooks: What Survives (Sow's Ear Press, 1993), Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2005), Among the Scribes (Out and Back Press, 2013) and, in collaboration with the artist James Stewart and bookmaker Susan Frakes, the handsewn book Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Another Window (2015) and The Four Seasons (2017).
A collection of selected poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, (Nimwa Press, Damascus, Syria 2015) has been translated into Arabic by the Syrian writer and scholar Salleh Rouzzak and published by Nimwa Press in Damascus, Syria. As well as Arabic, my poems have been translated into Hebrew, Polish, and Romanian.
My poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Forward, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The New Promised Land: An Anthology of Jewish American Poetry and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. Poems have appeared on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily.
I've also collaborate with other artists, including musicians, painters, and sculptors and perform my poetry with the jazz band The Barkeyville Triangle. Several of my poems have been set to orchestra and the song cycles The Gatherer of Lost Children and The Silence Flowering Its Birdsong by the composer Brent Register. I often perform my poetry with the jazz band, Mark DeWalt and The Barkeyville Triangle
In collaboration with the Syrian writer and translator Saleh Razzouk, I have co-translated several Arabic poets. The poems have appeared in several English and Arabic journals, including Poetry International, Poetry London, Crazhorse, Bitter Oleander, and others. A chapbook of poems by the poet Riad Saleh Hussen, "The World That Becomes Bread and Grapes," was published in The Mid-American Review.
Recipient of the Kenneth Patchen Award, the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poetry on the Jewish Experience, I teach creative writing and literature at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where I direct the visiting writers’ program.
With the writer George Looney, I co-founderd and served as the Director of Poetry of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival from 2003-2017.
More recently, I began The Bridge Literary and Arts Center in Franklin, PA, which sponsors workshops, events, and The Bridge Literary and Arts Journal.
I live in a red-brick schoolhouse near Grove City, Pennsylvania, with my wife, Christine Hood and our two daughters, Miriam and Bella.