Bachelor, Amherst (Massachusetts) College, 1947. Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1965.
Reporter, City News Bureau, Chicago, 1948-1950; instructor, American School, Chicago, 1950-1954; instructor, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1957-1960; instructor, U. Colorado, Boulder, 1963-1965; professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, since 1965. Vis professor of University Iowa, Iowa City, summer 1973.
Corporal United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946, PTO. Member English Speaking Union, Chatiemac Club.
Married Mary Barbara Baird, December 27, 1957. 1 child, Catherine Brannock.