CSU Distinguished Professor, Emeritus 2021

2020 Winner of the Luke S. Newton Memorial Award for Poetry from Naugatuck Valley Community College for “Visiting My Sister Isolated by COVID.”

2021-2022 Princemere Poetry Prize Finalist 

Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC

Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

Connecticut Book Award for Poetry from the Library of Congress, Connecticut Center for the Book

Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing

Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club

Eclectic: The Literary and Art Magazine of the State University of West Georgia Poetry Prize

Hart Crane Prize from Kent State

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Congress, Connecticut Center for the Book

Lucille Medwick Poetry Prize from the Poetry Society of America

Marble Faun Poetry Prize from The William Faulkner Society

New Millennium Poetry Prize

Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement (2004 and 2006)

Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award

Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize

Sonora Review Poetry Prize from the University of Arizona

Southern CT University’s Faculty Scholar Award (2000, 2005, 2008)

Thin Air Magazine Poetry Prize from Northern Arizona University

University of Kentucky: Member of the Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni

Word Press Poetry Prize

Editor, Connecticut Review: National Public Radio’s Literary Excellence in Print Award

Editor, Connecticut Review: Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Service

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