Professor of English and Children's Literature, The University of Florida.
Director, Center for Children's Literature and Culture, The University of Florida.
Producer and Host of "Recess!" a daily Public Radio program about the cultures of childhood. Currently entering its fourth year on the air for a national audience.
Recipient of the Chandler Award of Merit for Contributions to the Field of Children's Literature.
President and member of the Executive Board, Children's Literature Association,
Contributor of feature articles and numerous reviews of books for children and adults in Child, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and USA Today.
Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak.
University Park: Penn State Press, 1995. Named Honor Book of the Year,
Children's Literature Association; Finalist for the Gradiva Award (in
the category of works related to childhood), given annually by the National
Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, April 1997.
An Afternoon at Colonus: A Recollection of Edward Dahlberg. New
York: The Pequod Press, l978. In limited and trade editions.
Django, with illustrations by Sharon McGinley-Nally. Four Winds Press / Simon and Schuster, 1994.
The Southernmost Cat, with illustrations by Kathy Osborne. Simon and Schuster, 1996. Winner of the Silver Storybook Award from Parents' Choice Magazine.
Works for Theater
The Secret River, an adaptation for the stage of the Marjorie
Kinnan Rawlings story,
From Inside a Swan's Egg, a play based on the life of Hans Christian
Andersen. Toured throughout Florida and the Southeast by The Learning
Stage and Caldwell Theatre in the Schools programs (1982-85); selected
for performance at the World Festival of Theatre Young Audiences held
at the World's Fair in New Orleans, 1984.
A Rush of Dreamers, being the Remarkable Story of Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. New York: Marlowe, 1998.
Grants and Awards
Awards and grants for scholarship and teaching, include:
*Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Department of State, Div. of
Education and Degrees
Ph.D. in English and American Literature, University of Connecticut at Storrs, 1974.
B.A. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana, cum laude, 1966.
Works in Progress
* Video documentaries, drawing on materials from the Baldwin Collection and other archives about:
- Growing up in Florida, in words and pictures (in conjunction with
* A history of Weston Woods film studio -- the pioneer producer of quality animated and short films for children.
* A visual history of childhood in America (with Martin Sandler).