Bachelor, University Texas, 1958. Master of Arts, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1968. Doctor of Humane Letters, University North Texas, 2000.
Teaching fellow, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1966-1968; lecturer, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1968-1969; lecturer, Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas, 1969-1971; lecturer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1974-1975, 77-78; vice principal, Vanguard School, Waco, 1975-1977; president, E-Heart Press, Inc., Dallas, since 1979; co-director UNT Press, U. North Texas, Denton, 1987-1989; director, U. North Texas, Denton, since 1989.
Leadership council Ann Richards Committee, Austin, 1990-1994. Ambassador Institute Texan Cultures. Member Texas Commission on Arts, Literature, 1991.
Member of American Association of University Women, Rocky Mountain Book Publications Association, Women in Scholarly Public, Society Scholarly Public, Pen Center United States of America West, Texas Institute Letters (councilor since 2002), Philosophical Society Texas, Western Literature Association, Texas Humanities Resource Center (board directors 1990-1991, since 2002), Texas Folklore Society (councillor 1991-1993), Book Publications Texas (vice president 1990-1996, president 1996), UNT League Professional Women, Texas Humanities Alliance, Leadership American, Leadership Texas, East Texas History Association (life), Texas State History Association (life).
Married Ross William Vick Junior, June 23, 1956. Children: Karen Lynn, Ross William III, Patrick Brannen.