I'm formally retired from full-time teaching, but I continue to teach courses on my major fields of interest: modern drama, creative writing (especially poetry), as well as religion and literature. I've written two books on modern drama, Shaw and Christianity and The Vital Lie: Reality and Illusion in Modern Drama. My books of poems include The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat, A Small Thing Like a Breath, The Search for Wonder in the Cradle of the World, and The Man Who.
I received the Novello Prize from the Novello Festival Press of Charlotte for my first novel, Leaving Maggie Hope, and in 2007 I published The Three Great Secret Things, a sequel to the first novel.
I regularly give poetry workshops at Queens University of Charlotte, and I've served as Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir Rhyne College. I also received the Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.
I've retired from Davidson, but still publish.
I studied Mandarin and classical Chinese at Stanford University (three summers) and in Taiwan and Beijing, where I taught on three sabbatical leaves. In addition to articles on English and American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, I published a book of translations of classical Chinese poetry and two books of my own poems and also articles and reviews in Norwegian literature and art.
Recent publications include: Norwegian Dictionary and Phrasebook; The Private Journals of Edvard Munch; a ghost story in 13 Terrifying Tales from the North Carolina Piedmont.
I came to Davidson College in 1983 and retired from teaching in August, 2014. In the academic year 2014-2015, I will be an NEH-Folger Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., where I will be completing my current book project, Medieval Drama in After-Life, a study of the porous borders of medieval and early modern, the cultures of reformations and recusancy, and the meaning of possession for antiquarian and recusant collectors of medieval drama manuscripts.
I am also the author of The Theater of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages (Chicago, 1989) and of other studies of medieval and Tudor drama, visual arts, and spirituality.
Currently, I am the William R. Kenan, Jr. Emerita Professor of English and Humanities and NEH-Folger Fellow for 2014-15 at The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.