Bachelor, Oberlin College, 1981. Master of Arts in English, University Chicago, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Chicago, 1990.
Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina, 1996.
Visiting professor University Montana, Missoula, 1989-1990. Adjunct professor University North Florida, Jacksonville, 1992-1993. Fellow in poetry Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1995.
Lannon fellow in poetry Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1997-1998. Teaching fellow Warren Wilson College, Asheville, 1998-1999. Bunting fellow in poetry Radcliffe Institute Advanced Study, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999-1901.
Assistant professor poetry University Maryland, College Park, since 2001. Robert Frost fellow in poetry Breadloaf Writers Conference, 2002.
Member Associated Writing Programs, Poetry Society of America.
Daughter of William Edwin Junior and Barbara (Horne) A.