Bachelor in English, West Virginia, 1977. Master of Arts in English, West Virginia, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Georgia, 1993.
Teaching assistant, W. Virginia U., Morgantown, 1983-1985; teaching assistant, U. Georgia, Athens, 1985-1989; instructor, U. Georgia, Athens, 1989-1990; Brittain fellow in writing, Georgia Institute Technology, Atlanta, 1990-1994; assistant professor, Rockford (Illinois) College, since 1994. Adjunct Professor Atlanta College of Art, 1991-1994. Participant conferences in field.
Adult learner tutor, Rockford Area Literacy Council, 1996. Discussion leader Rockford Public Library., 1997.
Married Janet Goeking.