Bachelor of Science, University Mississippi, 1981. Certified d'excellence, Alliance Française, Memphis, 1991. Master of Arts, University Memphis, 1992.
Instructor English McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1990-1991, University Memphis, 1991-1992, Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee, 1992-1994, Le Moyne College-Owen College, Memphis, 1998-1999. Owner Claude Wilkinson Fine Art Studio, Nesbit, Mississippi, since 1984. Editor River City Magazine, Memphis, 1991, associate editor Valley Voices, Itta Bena, since 2007, associate editor Poetry South, Itta Bena, since 2009.
John and Renée Grisham Southern writer in residence University Mississippi, 2000-2001, provost scholar, 2006. Assistant professor English Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, since 2007.