I was born in Burlington,
Iowa of German and Scottish heritage; however, I spent the
bulk of my youth in Rock
Hill, South Carolina. I have been an enthusiastic reader
from a young age and became interested in literary studies after
encountering J. R. R. Tolkien's The
Lord of the Rings in my youth. My love of reading
eventually led me to pursue a BA in English
at Winthrop University,
and it was there that I also met my future wife, Geraldine Cannon,
who is from the town of Salem
in western South Carolina. After earning my Bachelor's and
Master's degrees in English Literature at Winthrop, I taught at
community colleges in North and South Carolina during the early
1990s. I also began reading works by Joseph
Campbell and developed an interest in comparative
mythology and comparative
In mid-1990s, Geraldine and I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas where she had been accepted into the MFA program in the Creative Writing specializing at poetry at the University of Arkansas. A couple of years later, I was admitted into the Comparative Literature program and earned both a Master's and Doctorate in that field specializing in archetypal literary criticism.
In 2003, I joined the faculty of the University of Maine at Fort Kent where I teach a variety of courses in argumentation, world literature, mythology, and comparative religion. I have published numerous academic articles in various scholarly and academic publications. In addition, I am the program coordinator for English at UMFK and serve on a variety of campus committees. After serving six-years as Assistant Professor of English, I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of English in 2009. In 2016, I was promoted to Professor of English.
Aside from studying literary works, I particularly enjoy reading books on history, religion, science, and depth psychology. I listen to a wide range of music including classical, jazz, and progressive rock. Geraldine, who is Professor of English and Creative Writing at UMFK, and I live in Fort Kent. We have two adult daughters.