Considered part of the highly influential movement of American poetry known as the New York School of poetry. He is notable for his autobiography South Orange Sonnets.
He used to read his poetry in public venues while playing the piano and later attended the highly coveted University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
He was a contributor on noteworthy screenplays including Drugstore Cowboy and The Laureate.
He has married at least three times and has three children named Caitlin, Miles, and Flynn.
He has worked as an actor, including an appearance on the Dennis Franz starring police drama NYPD Blue.