He is currently Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Ohio State University. As author, translator or editor, he has produced over 20 books; as well as academic works he has published translations from Italian (prose) and Persian (prose and verse) and eight books of his own poetry. His second book of poems received the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, and he was elected a fellow of the Society in 1081; the British edition of his selected poems was chosen as "Book of the Year" by The Times (London) and The Daily Telegraph (London), and the American edition received the Ingram Merrill Award. A later book of poems Belonging (2002) was selected as "Poetry Book of the Year" in The Economist. His most recent book of poems is A Trick of Sunlight (2007), and his most recent book length verse translation from Persian is of the 11th century romance Vis and Ramin (2008), one of the most beautiful of all Persian narrative poems.