He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover in 1974 in the boarding school's first co-educational class which included jazz musician Bill Cunliffe, software executive Peter Currie, actor Dana Delany, painter Julian Hatton, and editor Sara Nelson. He graduated with a B.A. from Yale and with an M.A. from Columbia. He has taught at Smith College, Yale University, Wesleyan University, and Columbia University. He teaches at Bryn Mawr College.
Airedales & Cipher has been presented in public readings at An Appalachian Summer Festival (Boone, North Carolina) and at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center in New York.
His poems have appeared in AGNI, Grand Street, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Criterion, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Poetry (Chicago), Slate, The Southwest Review, Tin House, The Yale Review.
He was Director of the 92nd Street Y - Unterberg Poetry Center in New York City, from 1987 to 2000.