Selected Short Fiction
Selected Creative Nonfiction
Work Cited in Competition
Plays Selected in Competition for Full Production
Selected Work on Writing and Literature
Selected Presentations
Selected Readings


DA Carnegie Mellon University
Thesis: Taylor At Large (novella)
1978 English
MFA U. of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Thesis: Addison Hill (novel)
1972 Fiction
MAT Yale University 1967 Engl/Ed
BA Wesleyan University (CT) 1966 English

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2008-present Professor Emeritus of English, Ohio Northern University
2008 (Aug.-Dec.) Claridge Writer-in-Residence, Illinois College
1986-2006 Assoc./ Full Professor of English, Ohio Northern University
1985-1986 Public Affairs Officer, VPI & SU (Virginia Tech)
1978-1985 Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Tech
1967-1985 English teacher, Churchill H.S. Potomac, MD

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AWP, Writer to Writer Mentor, Spring 2016

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Creative Writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting)
  • Creative Writing (Introduction to Fiction; Introduction to Poetry)
  • Creative Writing for Young Audiences (multi-genre introduction)

Other Courses

  • CT POST / Brian A. Pounds 5/24/06 / Author and Stratford native Claude Clayton Smith discusses his novel "The Stratford Devil" with students at Wooster Middle School in Stratford. The novel is a fictionalized account of Goody Bassett, the second woman to be hanged as a witch in colonial America.Magazine Writing
  • News Writing
  • Senior Seminar
  • Great Works
  • British & American Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Secondary Methods
  • Composition

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Co-Editor/Translator: Joint Works with Alexander Vashchenko of Moscow State University 

Selected Short Fiction

Selected Creative Nonfiction


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Work Cited in Competition

“Helping Padraig Die,” 1st place, Midwest Review, Great Midwest Short Story Contest, 2021

“Helping Ruthie Die,” finalist, Midwest Review,  Great Midwest Short Story Contest, 2019.

“Clawed,” 1st Place, American Aesthetic Sonnet Competition, 2018.

“The Waiter,” 1st Place, Short Play, Two Sisters Writing, 2018.

“Brooklyn Bridging,” nonfiction finalist, Brooklyn Arts Fest, 2018.

“Ziggy & Me,” 3rd Place, Monolith Medium Short Story Contest, 2018.

“Until,” 1st Place, American Aesthetic Sonnet Competition, 2016.

“At the Arboretum,” Kudzu House, Winter 2015. Pushcart Nominee.

“Of Temperament.” 1st place: Great River Shakespeare Festival Sonnet Competition, Winona, MN. Summer 2013.

“Garbage Cannes,” 1st place essay, Off-Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema. Calavera Press Anthology, 2012.

“Notes from 1970,” 1st place. Turns: A Collection of Short Memoir, Lewisburg, PA:
          Telling Our Stories Press, 2012.

“Question Mark,” 1st place essay. Iris Magazine, UVA, Spring 2012.

The Anniversary Gift,” One-Act Play, 1st Place, Literary Laundry, Drama Award,
          Fall 2012.

The Seasons Here (novella), finalist: Miami (OH) University, 2005.

From the Florida Room, finalist, Peter Taylor Prize (novel). University of TN, 2005.

The Personal Assault of Loretta Lang, finalist New Century Novel 2003.

“A Sonnet for Old Glory,” 1st place, Greater Lima (OH) Contest, 1988.

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Plays Selected in Competition for Full Production

The Cyrano Line, The Curtain Players Playwrights Festival.
          Columbus, Ohio: January 2007.

Ask Eleanor. Playfair 2005, Lima, OH (Ohio Arts Council).

The Hermeneutics of Deuteronomy. Playfair 2002, Lima, OH.

The Table in the Garden. Actors Equity Production: Vanilla Bean Café,
          Pomfret, CT, 2001. Playfair 2000, Lima & Van Wert, Ohio.

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Quarter-Acre of Heartache (for Duke Productions), ONU Monograph. 1989.

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Selected Work on Writing and Literature

“Touching Genius: John Updike’s Odd Obsession,” in Updike Remembered,
Jack DeBellis, ed., forthcoming, McFarland, 2016.

“Just Read It” (three brief reviews), Wisconsin State Journal Sunday Book
          Page feature. Oct. 26, 2014.

A Fairly Divine Answer [from John Updike],” The Drunken Odyssey:
          A Podcast About The Writing Life
, August 2012.

“Yuri Vaella: Poet of the Taiga Nenets,” Asymptote, Jan. 2011.

Review of North Dakota Quarterly Hemingway issue, The Hemingway Review.
          Spring 1997.

“Hemingway’s Masonry,” The Explicator, Summer 1996.

“Writing with A Crowbar,” Journal of the Intellectual Skills Dev. Association.
          Kalamazoo, MI. 1987.

“Fact, Feeling and Metaphor,” Rhetoric Review. S.M.U. 1983.

“What I Did Last Summer,” English Journal, Dec. 1982.

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Selected Presentations

Classes in CT schools that teach The Stratford Devil. 1984-present.

14 Outreach Programs as Writer-in-Residence, Illinois College, 2008.

“The Tao of the English Major,” keynote speaker, Ohio-Michigan Sigma Tau
          Delta Conference, Fall, 2005.

“Bear Tracks: One Man’s Way to The Way Of Kinship,” Phi Beta
          Delta International Conference: Washington, D.C. March 2004.

“Presenting The Way Of Kinship,Joint Conference of Moscow State University
          & Ohio Northern University. “Surviving by the Word.” Salekhard,
          Siberia; August 2003.

“In Memory of Jean Lassauce,” Delle, France. July 2000.

“Fishing as Foreshadowing in SAR,” International Hemingway Conference:
          Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, France, May 1998.

“Chief Big Eagle: Life & Times,” Gorky Institute, Moscow. 1993

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Selected Readings

  • Wisconsin Friends of Poetry, Madison, WI (2018)
  • Oakwood Village, Madison, WI (2017)
  • Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH (2016
  • Pinney Library Literary Festival, Madison, WI (2014)
  • Shelton, CT Historical Society (2014)
  • Madison Charter School (2014)
  • Racine, WI Public Library (2013)
  • St. Joseph University, Hartford, CT (2013)
  • Shelton, CT Public Library (2013)
  • Illinois College (2008); Small Press Center, NYC (2007)
  • Ohio State U. (2006)
  • Wesleyan U. (2006)
  • Trinity College (1995)
  • Delaware Valley College (1985)

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Professor Emeritus of English, Ohio Northern University, 2008.

Residencies at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing,
          MN: Fall 2006; Summer 2002; Summer 2001.

Medal from U.N. Committee for The International Decade of Indigenous
          Peoples: 1994-2004”. Cited as “Friend of Native Peoples,” 2004.

Medaille d’Honneur, Delle, France. For French translations of my work. 7/2000.

Honors Day Address: “Apologies for Myself,” Ohio Northern University. 2000.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Ohio Northern University. 1994-95.

Sara Ridenour Chair in the Humanities, Ohio Northern University. 1991-92.

Phi Kappa Phi, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1976.

Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan University. 1966.

Books translated into French, Danish, Swedish, Russian & Chinese

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Exxon-Mobil, in support of “Surviving by The Word,” Siberian conference, 2003

Mobil Oil Corporation, in support of The Way Of Kinship, 1994.

John Wideman at ONU, Ohio Arts Council. 1994.

Rita Dove at ONU, Ohio Arts Council. 1993.

On Stage with Edward Albee at ONU: OAC/OHC Joint Program. 1990.

Joyce Carol Oates at ONU, Ohio Humanities Council. 1988.

John Updike at ONU, Ohio Arts Council. 1987.

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AWP Writer-2-Writer Mentor, Spring, 2016.

Director, ONU English Department Senior Essay Program, 1995-2006.

ONU Cultural Affairs-Special Events Coordinator: major-author series,
          1987-2005. Spring poetry series, 1987-2005.

Director, Ohio High Schools Poetry Competition, 1987-2004.

Convener, English Department Colloquy Series, 1987-96.

The Northern Review (campus newspaper), ONU, 1987-1992.

Silhouette (literary arts magazine), Virginia Tech, 1979-1984.

Erehwon (founder: literary magazine & award-winning creative writing program),
          Churchill High School, Potomac, MD. 1967-78.

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