Bachelor, Simpson College, 1963. Master of Arts, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, University Denver, 1972.
English instructor Grove City College, Pennsylvania, 1964-1966, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1966-1969. Teaching assistant University Denver, 1968-1969, teaching fellow, 1969-1970. From assistant to associate professor Simpson College, Indianola, 1970-1982.
Announcer, news writer Station KBAB-AM, Indianol, 1980—1982. Chief executive consultant Stanley, Barber, Southard, Brown and Associates, San Diego, 1982-1983. Account executive Station KJEM-AM and K-95-FM, Bentonville, Arkansas, 1983-1987.
Manager, news director Station KQIS-FM, Clarinda, Iowa, 1987-1989. Assistant professor English Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, 1989-1993, interim director composition, 1992-1993. Professor English, mass communications Missouri Valley College, Marshall, since 1993, chair mass communications, 1995-1998, chair English department, 1996-1998, dean division arts and humanities, 1998—2004.
Private practice Muskie Guide Services, 2005—2009. Reviewer Choice, Middletown, Connecticut, 1973-1982. Muskie Professor, KMMO-FM and KMMO.COM since 2005.
Design consultant, field tester, Jensen Jigs Musky Clatterbaits, Neenah,Wisconsin, since 2006.
General editor In Geardagum Series, 1974-1982, 91-92. Editor-in-chief: (with Meredith Crellin Gruber and Gregory K. Jember) Essays on Old, Middle, Modern English and Old Icelandic, 1999. Bibliographer Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, Helsinki, Finland, 1978-1982.
Business manager Laurel Review, 1989-1993. Associate editor Lyrical Iowa, 1999-2000. Contributor articles to professional journals, poetry, short fiction to magazines.
Founding president Indianola Writers Workshop, 1972. Secretary Indianola Fine Arts Commission, 1973. State delegate Iowa Republican Party Convention, Des Moines, 1976, 80, 88.
Honorary member 4-H, Page County, Iowa, 1988. Board directors Writers Hall of Fame, 1995-1998. Founder Mid-Missouri chapter Writers' Hall of Fame, 1996-1998. member Medieval Academy American (life, member endowment campaign committee 1995-1996), Society Advancement Scandinavian Studies (life), Society New Language Study (executive secretary 1973-1982, 91-92), Missouri Writers Guild (life) (board directors 1992—1996, editor News 1992-1994, 2nd vice president 1993-1994, 1st vice president 1994-1995, president 1995-1996), Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Iowa Poetry Association (president 1980-1982, 88-92), Bentonville/Bella Vista Arkansas Kiwanis (president 1985-1986, lieutenant governor's award 1986, Merit and Special award 1986), Clarinda Iowa Rotary (president pro-tem 1989), Missouri Writers' Guild (Marshall chapter, charter), Kiwanis (board directors Marshall chapter 1999-2001, vice president 2003-2004, president-elect 2004-2005, president 2005-2006), Sigma Tau Delta (publications and handbook committee 2000—2005), Trinity Episcopal Church Marshall, Missouri, Vestry, Discernment Com, Muskies, Inc.
(life), Sigma Alpha Epsilon (life).
Married Irene Ellen Olson, March 5, 1967 (div. 1980); children: Elizabeth Gruber Shinall, Stephen, Margaret. Married Meredith Adair Crellin, January 22, 1983 (div.