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is a native Nebraskan and former English teacher turned technical writer. His poems and essays have
recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Massachusetts
New Delta Review, Tin House, Nimrod, Rattle,
and other journals.
His essay, “Shirtless Days,” was a finalist for the 2004 Iowa Award in Literary Nonfiction,
and he was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize in poetry.
full-length collection of poems,
Arguments for Stillness, will be published by Curbstone Press in April 2006 in a
Since 2002 he and his wife have lived in Papua, Indonesia, where they work for an American mining company.
In 2003, he was poisoned by some nefarious aquatic life form while vacationing on a
remote Papuan island, and, despite the pain and swelling, decided the experience was better than running across a group
of cannibals (see Michael Rockefeller and the 1961 Harvard-Peabody Baliem Valley Expedition).