About Me

I was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana, which is a small Midwest city on the Ohio line. Richmond is known as the RV capital of the world, yet somehow I became a poet and have never owned an RV. I lived in Richmond until I turned 18 and left for college.

I attended a small liberal arts school called Hanover College. Hanover is located on the Ohio River in Southern Indiana. It's a beautiful campus, but in the middle of nowhere. There I got a solid education in English literature and a minor in art. It was at Hanover that my love for poetry flourished and I began writing more and more. I served as the editor of the campus literary magazine for three years and helped organize readings and promote poetry on campus. I also met my partner, Dustin, at Hanover and together we ran the GLBT student group for two years.

After graduating, my partner and I moved to Tallahassee, Florida for me to attend graduate school at Florida State University. At FSU, I earned my MFA in creative writing. There I met great poets and pushed my own work to new levels. I worked closely with David Kirby and Erin Belieu, who both influenced and challenged me. I also spent my three years there teaching and fell in love with it.

In 2008, I graduated with my MFA and Dustin and I decided to move to Orlando, FL.  In the four years I lived there, my work continued to grow and surprise me. Then in March of 2012, my first book, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. It became the best selling book of the year for the press and made the contemporary poetry bestsellers list in August of 2012.

In October of 2012, my partner and I moved to New York City. Here we are making a new home and life. I am finding my way in the poetry world as a gay poet who doesn't always write about conventional topics. My work addresses sexuality, gender, relationships, and our internal worlds and desires. I also love pop culture and love to incorporate it into my work. This is evident in many of my poems including a series devoted to Brad Pitt films. My poems are narrative and range in length. Frank O'Hara is my hero and a huge influence on my work as is Tony Hoagland, Richard Tayson,  and Jack Spicer.

This blog is meant to explore poetry (mine and others), pop culture, and anything gay. I hope you enjoy reading it.