Bachelor cum laude, Radcliffe College, 1962. Master of Arts, New York University, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies, New York University, 1991.
News writer, photographer, freelance editor, 1962—1975. Editor, writer, photographer In These Times, Chicago, 1976-1978. Grapnics editor, writer Seven Days, New York City, 1978-1981.
Instructor writing, journalism, American literature and history New York University, 1981-1986. Instructor writing, American literature Loyola University, Chicago, 1988-1991. Assistant professor Elmhurst (Illinois) College, 1991-1996.
Writer, college preparatory tutor Chicago, 1997—2004.
Member Modern Language Association, Mid-American American Studies Association (Executive Board, chair essay judging committee 1995-1996).
Married Burton A. Melnick, December 1962 (divorced 1969). 1 child, Benjamin A. Life partner Eileen Willenborg, since 1978.