Bachelor summa cum laude, Hollins College, 1977. Master of Fine Arts, Eastern Washington University, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy, University Missouri, 1994.
Founder, director, Necessary Repertory, Roanoke, Virginia, 1976-1977;
director, Almost Street Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah., 1985-1986;
director, Off Broadway theatres, New York City, 1977-1978;
software writer, Center Data Corporation, Rockville, Maryland., 1980-1981;
associate programmer, Sperry Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah., 1981-1983;
science programmmer, Sperry Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah., 1983-1984;
owner, Amaryllis Software, 1984-1989;
graduate instructor department English, U. Missouri, 1992-1994;
assistant professor department English, U. Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 1994-1997;
associate professor department English, Montana State University, Bozman, since 1997. Judge Arizona Authors Association poetry contest, 1987. Lecturer various colleges, universities, workshops, conferences.
Freelance writer, photographer, since 1977.
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Member Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, 1986-1988, Greenpeace, since 1984, Zero Population Growth (officer), since 1982. Member Modern Language Association, Speech Communications Association, Association American Society History of Rhetoric (member steering committee).
Married David Chris Allen, July 1987.