Emeritus Faculty



MFA Columbia University
BA St. Lawrence University


Kneeling on Rice, University of Missouri Press


  • "Magic Men" forthcoming, American Scholar, summer 2024
  • "Loud," lead story in The Massachusetts Review, Volume 56, Issue 2, summer 2015.
  • “Puck’s Here,” The Kenyon Review, spring 2015.
  • “Zeke’s Dead,” Blackbird, spring 2013.



  • Thomas and Beal in the Midi, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
  • Mason's Retreat: Newly Revised Edition, Picador, 2012.
  • The Right-Hand Shore, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
  • Roads of the Heart, Random House, 2005.
  • The Way People Run, Random House, 1999.


The central concern of my work is with the interpretation of medieval literature for modern readers, both in its historical contexts and in the contexts provided by the theories and assumptions of our own time. I've mainly written about poetry from the twelfth to the sixteenth century, but I've also been interested in late-medieval religious prose and have written on Julian of Norwich, The Mirror of Simple Souls, The Cloud of Unknowing, and The Book of Margery Kempe.


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