Metz's early investigations in poetry began with studies in 20th century English, American, and world literatures.These have since evolved into an organic approach to literature that posits identity and voice in a practically ecological relationship with the natural world. His interdisciplinary work includes a producer's role in Vitalist Theater in Chicago. Metz has even shared in performance with Cin Salach and Ten Tongues.
Metz transports literature locally and globally. In 2004, he was invited to workshop at the International Pristina (Kosovo) Summer University. In 2008, he invited Nepalese poet Yuyutsu Sharma, and Welsh poets Aeronwy Thomas and Peter Thabit Jones to Illinois for a series of readings. In the last decade, Metz has read in Toronto, Berlin, London, Prague, and Amsterdam, as well as within the US in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Austin, TX. He is clearly a cultural voyageur, perhaps one of Illinois' best-travelled authors.
In 2000, Metz won the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize for Unbidden Angel (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York, 1999). His numerous publishing credits include Parnassus Literary Journal, The Paris Review, Calypso, Mississippi Review, Abroad View, The Wolf (London), Lalitamba, and many ohters. Clearly, he shows no conflict between producing for page versus stage.
The following clips were recorded on the set of Vitalist Theater's production of Passage to India, on 13 April 2008, at the Theater Building, Chicago:
- May 2008