South Carolina-born fiction writer and poet who is known for works such as The Cry of the Sloth, Glass, and Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife. His debut novel, The Criminal Life of Effie O., was written entirely in verse.
In 1968, he obtained his B.A. from Yale University. He later returned to Yale to become a doctoral student in philosophy.
He was selected in 2006 for a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers honor.
He had two children with Nora Manheim. Manheim's father, Ralp Manheim, famously translated Mein Kampf.
Both he and architect Robert Stern studied at Yale University.