Professor Poland holds the PhD and MA from Georgia State University and a BA from Ohio University. He teaches fiction writing and a wide variety of courses in American literature. As a teacher and scholar, he has particular interest in Native American literature, the work of Walt Whitman, and the study of fiction as a literary genre. He has published an assortment of critical essays and book reviews in various scholarly journals. His primary professional interest is currently the writing of fiction and poetry. His short stories and poems have appeared widely in various literary journals. He is the author of Escapee, a collection of short fiction, The Safety of Deeper Water, a novel, and Other Stones, Kinder Temples, a chapbook of poems. More on Professor Poland's work is available online.