Bachelor, Indiana University, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1965. Postgraduate, Yale University, 1962.
Assistant professor, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1965-1972; associate professor, Sweet Briar (Virginia) College, 1972-1974; associate professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, since 1974; chair Romance languages, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1994-1996. Manuscript consultant Macmillan Public, New York City, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, New York City, Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
Trustee N.O.I. Foundation, Inc., since 1997. Member of Dante Alighieri Society Michigan, American Association Italian Studies, American Association Teachers Italian (member executive council 1982-1987, 1989-1992, secretary-treasurer 1988-1992).
Son of Arland Edward and Gladys Gordon (Clark) K.;m. Ruth Ann Dupont, April 14, 1960. Children: Marc Louis, Lisa Michelle, Katrina Elizabeth.