“Quid Plura?”

About this blog:

“Quid Plura?” is Latin for “What more can I say?”

Although this blog tends to focus on America’s ongoing attachment to the Middle Ages, you’ll find other angles on poetry and history here too. My two most-googled posts have explained the best thing Charlemagne never said and defended the real professor behind the much-maligned textbook from Dead Poets Society.

Other “Quid Plura?” projects have included reviews of nearly all of Lloyd Alexander’s novels; a book of poems inspired by gargoyles; a second book of poems inspired by moving from the city to the country; and first drafts of poetry translations: Alcuin on springtime; Walafrid Strabo on ephemeral emperors, Charlemagne in purgatory, and friendship; Theodulf on piles of dead birds; an anonymous poet on Lombards versus snails; and Rainer Maria Rilke on solitude.

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About the person behind this blog:

I grew up in New Jersey; my family sojourned in Louisiana but now lives in Georgia; I spent 21 years in Washington, D.C., but now live in an agricultural reserve in Maryland.

I went to college in Delaware and attended grad school in New Hampshire and D.C.

I’m the author of Becoming Charlemagne, which was published in 2006 by HarperCollins. I’ve also written a biography of Charlemagne for middle-school kids, translated a medieval romance about Charlemagne, and published a book of poems about the gargoyles at Washington National Cathedral. I’ve contributed to a bunch of reference works, and my translations from Latin have appeared in The Heroic Age and Able Muse. When life allows, I continue to chip away at numerous projects, including translations of medieval poems, a book about the modern obsession with all things medieval, some original narrative poems, and a history of an African-American town in my corner of rural Maryland.

From 1999 to 2009, I taught medieval literature at the University of Maryland University College. My classes met at the Shady Grove and College Park campuses; my students were highly motivated adult undergraduates.

I pay the bills by working as an editor, proofreader, and fact-checker. In the past 20 years, I’ve written millions of words for the U.S. Postal Service, including wall text for a Smithsonian exhibition and a book co-published with the National Park Service. As a freelancer, I wrote three chapters for a National Geographic travel book, maintained a blog for the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, and wrote the historical sections of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 40th anniversary book.


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This blog earns anywhere from $2 to $50 per year through the Amazon Associates link program. That pittance goes toward the $125 I spend annually on hosting and domain registration. I don’t accept advertising. I don’t post links, reviews, or endorsements in exchange for goods, services, money, or other consideration. Mine is an independent blog, its content determined by genial whims.

I’m also not interested in guest posts from strangers looking to drive links to their sites or optimize their search-engine results. Please don’t ask.