My books of poetry include 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) and, in collaboration with the artist James Stewart and bookmaker Susan Frakes, the hand sewn book Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Another Window (2015).
A collection of selected poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, (2015) has been translated into Arabic by the Syrian writer and scholar Salleh Rouzzak and published by Nimwa Press in Damascus, Syria.
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, The Barkeyville Triangle.
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.
I am founder and co-director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and am contributing editor for poetry for the journal Chautauqua.
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.