Bachelor in English, University Florida, Gainesville, 1962. Master of Arts, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1963.
Assistant professor creative writing University Florida, 1966—1986. Department chair, humanities Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, 1990—1997, editor, Chattahoochee review, 1997—2004, associate professor English, since 2004.
Scoutmaster Troop 477, Dunwoody, Georgia, 1999—2009. Member of Modern Language Association, Bartram Trail Conference (president 1996-1999), Southern Humanities Council.
Married Tracy Allison Meister, May 10, 1986. Children: Lawrence Andrew, Wesley John, Thomas Alexander, Allison Virginia.