He is the author of a dozen books of verse, two story collections, and eight novels. He taught at UNCG for over 40 years. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002.
The reading is co-sponsored by the MFA Writing Program, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the Greensboro Review.