I spent my youth moving about small towns and rural communities in Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina. My post-secondary education was at Brigham Young University and Duke University.
I served in France as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and, briefly, as a consultant in Taiwan, as a teacher in Belize, and as an adjunct professor at Southern Virginia University. In 2014 I retired from a thirty-year career with an NC insurance company to become a writer, editor, and perhaps publisher.
My poetry has won several prizes from the North Carolina Poetry Society, including the Lena Shull Prize in 2015 for the full-length book, Mouth Work, published by St. Andrews University Press. In 2018, “The Creator Praises Birds” won the Clint Larson Poetry Award from BYU Studies Quarterly. My work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Poetry Prize.
I live in Raleigh with my wife, Patti.