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I was born in Southern California when it was still covered with orange groves and Nato started the embargo, still in place, against lovely Cuba. The Revolution and I are still keeping on. 


My writing and teaching career has spanned all corners of the US, as I've taught in many writing programs, including the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Alabama, where I held the Coal Royalty Chair in Poetry, Boston College, Rhodes College, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I am a Barrick Distinguished Scholar.


A poet, literary scholar and translator, I live in the Mojave Desert with the poet Donald Revell, son Ben, daughter Lucie, standard poodle Miss Margaret Jarvis and a worried schnauzer named Dugan.