Bachelor in Creative Writing, University Chicago, 1986. Master of Arts in English, University Chicago, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, University Kansas, 1994.
Teaching assistant University Kansas, Lawrence, 1988-1994. Facilitator Baker School Professional and Graduate Studies, Overland Park, Kansas, since 1994. Adjunct instructor Avila College, Kansas City, Missouri, since 1995, Neosho County Community College, Ottawa, Kansas, since 1995.
Married Amy Marie Sparks, September 4, 1994.