- The Mark Twain Circle is the most important academic association of Twain scholars and enthusiasts with more than 200 members internationally.
- Bird’s first book on Twain, "Mark Twain and Metaphor," published in 2007.
Winthrop University, "Mark Twain Circle of America Welcomes Winthrop Professor as President" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 109.