I've been teaching college English since 1992, when I first taught Freshman English during graduate school at Baylor University. I continued teaching during my PhD work at the University of Kentucky, and before moving to L.A. I taught for two years at a small university on the Texas-Mexico border. My area of specialization is twentieth-century U. S. literature, with special emphases on multicultural and environmental literature. My latest interest has to do with what I'm calling Los Angeles literature. View the beginnings of the LA Literature Project.
While teaching is the reason I do what I do, I also enjoy and stay fairly active in the research-oriented aspect of my profession. I've published on Thoreau, W. S. Merwin, Carolyn Merchant, Joy Harjo, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Pynchon, Los Angeles literature, and teaching composition. In addition, I have written and edited books dealing with contemporary nature poetry. (You can read about them by clicking here and here.) I have also coedited (with my buddy Roger Thompson) several Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes. (View my resume.)
I'm a big sports fan. My favorite teams are the Dodgers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. I play a lot of basketball, and I'm a (somewhat less-than-avid) runner. Besides sports, I love music—most contemporary music, as well as old-time Country—and movies. My wife Tina and I also try to take advantage of the museums and live theatre available here in the L.A. area.