Bachelor, University Massachusetts, 1979. Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, Sarah Lawrence College, 1990.
Director, head instructor, 6th degree black belt Valley Women's Martial Arts, Easthampton, Massachusetts, since 1982. Founder, member Orogeny Press. Instructor self-defense video Fighting Back, Fighting Forward, 1995 (Massachusetts Community television award).
Member organizing committee Undoing Racism Workshops, Northampton, Massachusetts, since 1995. Self-defense instructor, social change activist for numerous social and civic organizations, including youth, elders, disabled on local, national and international level, since 1980. Member National Women's Martial Arts Federation (founder), Valley Lesbian Writing Group (founder).
Life partner Janis A. Totty.