PhD American Literature, University of North Texas, 2000. Dissertation -- Body Matters: Gary Snyder, the Self and Ecopoetics
BA English, Abilene Christian University, 1993.
2010-present, SRJC English Department
2000-2010, Writing Program, University of California, Riverside (Lecturer)
2000-2002, Cal Poly, Pomona English Department (Adjunct)
2002-2008, Riverside Community College English Department (Adjunct)
1996-2000, University of North Texas English Department (Teaching Fellow)
"Anybody who wanders around the world saying, 'Hell yes, I'm from Texas,' deserves whatever happens to him.” ― Hunter S. Thompson
Professional Areas of Interest:
Poetry, Metaphor, Tom Robbins, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Taoism, Humor, Nature Writing
"Think for yourself, schmuck!"
-Robert Anton Wilson
"(like everything else I have
somebody showed it to me and I found it by myself)"
"Language teaching in schools is a matter of corralling off a little of the language-behavior territory and cultivating a few favorite features--culturally defined elite forms that will help you apply for a job or give you social credibility at a party. One might even learn how to produce the byzantine artifact known as the professional paper. There are many excellent reasons to master these things, but the power, the _virtu_, remains on the side of the wild."
"This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labour to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school, or church, or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body."