Born August 19, 1959, Des Moines, Iowa
Poetry Professor (adjunct), Maharishi University, 2018 – present.
Writing Instructor, Kirkwood Community College, 2002 – present.
Writing Instructor, Indian Hills Community College, 1991-2001.
Creative Writing Professor (Visiting Professor), Maharishi International University, 1988-2001.
ESL Instructor, Maharishi International University, 1988-1991.
The Philosopher Savant Crosses the River (poems) New Chicago House, 2019.
Library Rain (poems), Conestoga Zen Press, 2018.
Howling Enigma (poems), Conestoga Zen Press, 2018.
Pavement (poems), Blue Light Press, 2017.
The Philosopher Savant (poems), Glass Lyre Press, 2015.
Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning (poems), Blue Light Press, 2013.
Waiting for Evening to Come (poems), Conestoga Zen Press, 2012.
The Wine-Dark House (poems), Blue Light Press, 2009.
Crazy Star (poems), Loess Hills Books, 2005.
Mental: Stories by Rock L’Orange (fiction), Publish America, 2005.
Loving the Good Driver (poems), Mellen Poetry Press, 1996, 2003.
Islands (poems), Conestoga Zen Press, 1999.
Lord of the Apes (poems), Conestoga Zen Press, 1997.
Tiresias Strung-Out on a Half Can of Pepsi (poems), Blue Light Press, 1993.
Halves (poems), Contemporary Review Press, 1988.
Honors and Awards:
Blue Light Poetry Prize, 2016.
Aeolian Harp Anthology Honoree, Glass Lyre Press, 2016.
Blue Light Book Award, 2013.
Pushcart Prize Nominee (seven times, 1988-2010)
Featured writer, DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts, 2007, 2008.
Iowa Poet, Des Moines National Poetry Festival, 2002, 2004.
Editor’s Prize (1st), Rhino Magazine, 2000.
Prizewinner (2nd), National Poet Hunt, 1999.
Prizewinner (HM), Chester H. Jones Foundation, 1988.
Finalist, New England Review Narrative Poetry Competition, 1985.
Collateral Damage, Glass Lyre Press, 2019.
Carrying the Branch, Glass Lyre Press, 2017.
Aeolian Harp, Glass Lyre Press, 2016.
River of Earth and Sky, Blue Light Press, 2014.
Poetry at Round Top Anthology, 2012
This Enduring Gift, ed. by Freddy Fonseca, 1st World, 2010.
The Complete New Yorker, ed., Random House, 2005.
The Dryland Fish, ed. by Matthew MacLeod, 1st World, 2003.
Eclipsed Moon Coins, ed. by Diane Frank, Blue Light Press, 1997.
Voices on the Landscape, ed. by Michael Carey and Bob Neymeyer, Loess Hills Books, 1996.
Forty Days and Forty Nights, ed. by Bruce Williams, Iowa Arts Council, 1993.
Collecting Moon Coins, Volume II, ed. by Diane Frank, Blue Light Press, 1991.
The New Yorker, North American Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry East, The Midwest Quarterly, Cimarron Review, New Virginia Review, The Literary Review, The South Carolina Review, America, Natural Bridge, Water-Stone Review, The Bryant Literary Review, Rhino, Margie, The Potomac Review, The Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, Poem, The Amherst Review, Saranac Review, Lilies and Cannonballs, Passages North, The William & Mary Review, Defined Providence, Tar River Poetry, Boundary 2, California Quarterly, Calliope, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Listenlight, Diode, 42 Opus, Midway Journal, Poetry Midwest, The MacGuffin, Argestes, Illya’s Honey, MiPOesias, Washington Review, The G.W. Review, The Albany Review, Arsenic Lobster, Weather Eye, Art Scene, FutureCycle, Phantasmagoria, Verse Daily, The Des Moines Register, Wapsipinicon Almanac, Mankato Poetry Review, Embers, Loonfeather, Panoply, Apocalypse 3, Lime Green Bulldozers, The Poetry Miscellany, The Worcester Review, Pavement, Crying Sky, Buffalo Carp, Poetry Motel, The Issue, Baybury Review, Diner, Inlet, Pirene’s Fountain, Beyond 9-11, The Writer, The Daily Palette, Puerto Del Sol, Exit 13, Chiron Review, Soundings East, The Penn Review, Evening Street Review, Off the Coast, J Journal.
Writers’ Festivals, Conferences, Readings, Lectures, Symposia:
North American Review Writers Conference (Moderator and Reader); Des Moines National Poetry Festival (Iowa Poet); DMACC Festival of the Literary Arts (Featured Reader); Cornell College (Featured Reader); University of Iowa (Featured Reader, Voices on the Landscape); Live from Prairie Lights (Featured Reader); Vermont College (MFA Thesis); Maharishi University of Management (Library Reading Series); Border’s Books (Prizewinner reading); The Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin (Featured Reader); Loess Hills Books (Fundraiser, Featured Reader), Shenandoah, Iowa; Revelations Bookstore (Featured Reader); Poetry at Zanibar’s (Featured Reader); Burlington Public Library (Featured Reader); Poetry at Round Top Festival [Texas] (Featured Reader, Workshop Leader).
Judging, Consulting, Boards:
Poetry Out Loud (Iowa State Finals), 2010.
Cornell College Literary Magazine Competition, 2005.
The Iowa Source Poetry Book Competition, 2005.
Poets-in-the-schools (Iowa Art Council).
Iowa Poetry Association Annual Contest (College Editor).
Coordinator of MUM Library Reading Series.
Curator of MUM Library Poetry Exhibits.
Leaves by Day, Flowers by Night (anthology), editor with Christine Schrum and Nynke Passi, 1st World, 2006.
Fact of the Universe: American Poetry Since Now (anthology), editor, Conestoga Zen Press, 2006.
Choices (anthology), editor with Jim Daniels, Barbara Drake, Stuart Dybek, Kathleen Ripley Leo, M. L. Liebler, Louis Phillips, Herbert Scott, Diane Wakoski, The MacGuffin, 1999.
The Iowa Source (magazine), poetry editor.
The Contemporary Review (magazine), editor.
Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, (poetry talk show) producer, editor and host, KRUU-LP, 100.1 FM, Fairfield, Iowa.
Irving Toast’s Poetry Shorts, (poetry feature) producer, editor and host, KRUU-LP, 100.1 FM, Fairfield, Iowa.