• Pushcart Prize, 2021
  • Best of the Net, 2019
  • Paumanok Poetry Award, Farmingdale State College, SUNY, 2016
  • The Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry, 2012
  • Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry, 2012.
  • Pushcart Prize, 2012
  • Gretchen Warren Award, New England Poetry Club, 2011.
  • First Prize for Poetry, Monadnock Writers Group, anthology on subject of memory, 2010
  • Erika Mumford Prize, New England Poetry Club, 2008
  • Inaugural Fellow, The Georgia Review Bowers House, Canon, GA, 2007
  • Writer in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - Clermont, Kentucky, 2003
  • Commencement Speaker and recipient of honorary doctorate, University of Indianapolis, 2002
  • Named to the Georgia Poetry Circuit, 2001-2002
  • James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry from Shenandoah, 2001
  • Sheila Margaret Motton Prize for Zoo, New England Poetry Club, 2001
  • Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize (runner up), 2000
  • Creative Renewal Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis, 1999-2000
  • Ezra Pound Poetry Award for Zoo, Truman State University, 1998
  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Indiana Arts Commission, 1996-97
  • Firman Houghton Award, New England Poetry Club, 1996
  • Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience (second place), 1996
  • Award of Excellence in Poetry, Hopewell Review, 1995
  • First Prize, Abiko Quarterly International Poetry Competition (Japan), 1994
  • The Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America, 1993
  • Teacher of the Year, University of Indianapolis, 1993
  • Finalist for the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, Poetry Society of America, 1992
  • First Place, Start with Art Literary Competition, Indianapolis, 1992
  • Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America, 1990
  • Erika Mumford Prize, New England Poetry Club, 1990
  • Midwest Poetry Award, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, 1990
  • Consuelo Ford Award, Poetry Society of America, 1988
  • National Bronze Medalist for teaching excellence, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (Washington, DC), 1987
  • Commissioned to write commemorative poem, “The Building,” for the opening of the Robert P. Bell Building at Ball State University, 1984
  • Fellowships include: MacDowell, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, Ragdale, Leighton Art Colony, Kalani Honua, Dorland, Byrdcliffe Writers’ Colony, and Mary Anderson Center.
  • Biographical/Critical articles in Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Who’s Who in America.


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