is a Texas native. He received his MFA from Texas State University, and MA from Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. He teaches literature and writing at Texas State University.
His poems have appeared in New England Review, Narrative, Boulevard, Slate,Threepenny Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. A Larger Country, his debut collection of poems, was chosen as the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and will be published in Fall 2012.