I am a theoretical linguist by training (Ph.D. 1987, M.A. 1983, University of Chicago.) I have published a variety of academic works, including Grammar in Mind and Brain: Explorations in Cognitive Syntax (Mouton de Gruyter, 1993), Achieving Equity in Writing (Peter Lang, 2023) and articles in various journals including Educational Psychologist, Lingua, Cognitive Linguistics, Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, and Reading and Writing. I am currently employed by the Educational Testing Service as a principal research scientist.
My longstanding interest in poetry was rekindled by my involvement with an online community, Elendor MUSH, focused on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. As part of my involvement with the interactive literature of the MUSH environment, I wrote several epic-length poems in alliterative verse, including the poem I consider my master-work, The Redemption of Daeron. This experience led me (rather naturally) to the conclusion that alliterative poetry is an excellent vehicle for poetic expression.
I live in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, with my wife Deborah S. Deane and am working on a variety of projects, including my translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and various other works including finishing the fantasy novel I began writing with my late friend, Kimbra Wilder Gish.