Olaf’s College (Minnesota), University of Connecticut/Storrs, Ashland University (Ohio), North Carolina at Greenboro, Ithaca College, Manhattanville Writers Conference, The Loft (Minneapolis), Spalding University (Kentucky), The Writers Community, Culinary Institute, Brigham Young University, Midnight Sun (Fairbanks, Alaska) Writing Conference, Santa Fe Writers Conference, Martha’s Vineyard Writing Conference, Oklahoma Arts Institute, New Jersey State Arts Council, Aspen Writers Conference and as Writing Fellow for the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Foundation (1991–92) at Evansville, Indiana.
Keynote speaker, Conference on Non-fiction, Iowa University, November 11-13, 2005; Keynote speaker, Conference on Cities, University of Ghent (Belgium), January 13-16, 2006; speaker, Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, Boston, December 3-4, 2005; Speaker, Nature and New York, Queens College, December 2, 2005; Keynote Speaker, Asilomar Conference on English Education, 2004; keynote speaker, CUNY Graduate Center Conference on the City in Literature, featured reader at Association of Writers Programs conference, New York City, 2008; keynote speaker, Chatham College nonfiction conference, 2011.
Taught literature and creative writing courses to undergraduates and graduates. 1999–present: Adjunct Professor, MFA (low-residency) program, Bennington College. Taught advanced writing fiction workshops, directed graduate theses.
School of General Studies: taught undergraduates essay- and fiction-writing.
English Majors who are creative writers may choose the creative writing comps option.
Writers on the Carleton faculty include poets Greg Hewett and Susan Jaret Mc Kinstry, and fiction writer Gregory Blake Smith.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, inducted as a new member, 2006.
Honors Convocation 2002, Marymount Manhattan College, received honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
One of five committee members selecting annual festival of world cinema at Lincoln Center.
Member, Selection Committee, The Brendan Gill Award, for the best annual cultural contribution to New York City, 2001-2003.