Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Brown University, 1974. Master of Arts in English, DePaul University, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Wisconsin, 1988.
Staff writer International Medical News Group, Rockville, Maryland, 1974-1978. Medical writer Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1978-1979. Bureau chief Medical Tribune, Chicago, 1979-1982.
Freelance writer Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, 1982-1984. Instructor University Wisconsin, Richland, 1988. Assistant professor English Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1988-1993, associate professor English, 1993-1998, coordinator department English and linguistics, 1996-1999, professor English, since 1998.
Freelance educational and editorial consultant, Aberdeen, since 1993. Visiting assistant professor English University Wisconsin, Madison, 1990. Theatrical and film reviewer, Aberdeen American News, since 2003.
Board of directors L. Frank Baum Festival, Aberdeen, 1996-1997, chair education task force, 1995-1997. Member planning committee reading series South Dakot Humanities Council, Brookings, since 1995. Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers English, Children's Literature Association, Society Professional Journalists, American Medical Writers Association.
Married Suzanne Kathleen Gillings, January 12, 1985 (deceased 1999). Children: Sara Beth, Emily Marie.