where the writers are

Favorite Books

The Gift, by Lewis Hyde
The Descent of Alette, by Alice Notley
Dante's Divine Comedy (in as many translations as possible)
Light Years, by James Salter
Autobiography of Red, by Anne Carson
Collected Stories, by Katherine Anne Porter
Ulysses, by James Joyce

Helen Bevington, at Duke, used to say the best library she could imagine would have books that all had the same title: Collected Poems. I aspire to that.

What I'm Reading

The Poem of a Life (Mark Scroggins)
The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
A Plea for Eros (Siri Hustvedt)
Kill-Site (Tim Lilburn)
Blood Dazzler (Patricia Smith)
The Saltwater Empire (Raymond McDaniel)
Helen in Egypt (H.D.) -- these last four for spring semester teaching

Favorite Authors

In the beginning: Joyce, Stevens, Hopkins, Woolf, Austen; Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers; James Salter, Denis Johnson, Samuel Beckett; Dante, Proust, Melville; Emily Dickinson.

Later: Zukofsky, Niedecker, Reznikoff, Oppen; Schuyler, O'Hara, Ashbery, Koch; Anne Carson, Alice Notley, Juliana Spahr, Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge, Elizabeth Robinson.

All the Ahsahta Press authors I've worked with: Linda Dyer, David Mutschlecner, Lance Phillips, Aaron McCollough, Heather Sellers, Lisa Fishman, Peggy Hamilton, Graham Foust, Dan Beachy-Quick, Liz Waldner, Charles O. Hartman, Noah Eli Gordon, Sandra Doller (née Miller), Ethan Paquin, Brigitte Byrd, Ed Allen, Karla Kelsey, Brian Henry, Kate Greenstreet, Susan Tichy, Paige Ackerson-Keily, Susan Briante, Heidi Lynn Staples, Kristi Maxwell, Rusty Morrison, G.E. Patterson, Chris Vitiello, Stephanie Strickland, Kathleen Jesme, Barbara Maloutas, Ben Doller (né Doyle), Carrie Olivia Adams, and Rachel Loden...

Influences

For this latest book, Emily Dickinson, Ronald Johnson, Tom Phillips, Louis Zukofsky, Charles Olson, and The New York Times.