R. Allen Shoaf, former Marshall Scholar and Danforth Fellow, and recipient of two Fellowships of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is the author, editor, or compiler of 13 books, including CHAUCER'S BODY, SHAKESPEARE'S THEATER OF LIKENESS, and MILTON, POET OF DUALITY and LUCRETIUS AND SHAKESPEARE ON THE NATURE OF THINGS. In 30 years teaching in the University of Florida, he won six teaching awards as well as the Alumni Professorship in the Department of English. With the late Julian Wasserman, he co-founded the prize-winning journal EXEMPLARIA. In 2007, he re-issued SIMPLE RULES, his first book of poems, in an augmented and revised edition. His second book of poems, EROTIC RECKONINGS appeared early in 2012 from New Plains Press/Summerfield Publishing. In 2013, ThinkerBooks published his third book of poetry, PIED-PIPER PHILOLOGY: LOVE WORDS. You may link to his VITA here.
For recreation, his principal activities are gardening (roses, camellias, a lemon tree, two orange trees, irises) and singing (art songs and some light opera).