Bachelor n History, Newcomb College, New Orleans, 1964. Master of Arts in English, Tulane University, 1983.
Assistant Professor of English, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia, 1989-1991; associate Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, since 1991.
Member steering committee Second Harvest Foodbank, Roanoke, 1994-1995. Local organizer Share Our Strength, Washington, 1995. Member Associated Writing Programs.
Children: Shelton, Ashton.