Bachelor, Cornell Univercity, 1973; Master of Fine Arts, Cornell Univercity, 1977; Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell Univercity, 1983; postgraduate, Cornell Univercity, 1983-1984; Master of Arts, University of Minnesota, 1976.
Postdoctoral fellow, Cornell Univercity, 1983-1984; assistant Professor of English,, Rhode Island College, Providence, 1985-1991; associate professor, Rhode Island College, Providence, since 1991. Visiting assistant professor Emory University, Atlanta, 1984-1985.
Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers English, Associate Writing Programs, Poetry Society of America, Academy American Poets (prize 1981).
Married Susan Aileen Grimes, July 29, 1984. 1 child, Miles Berthold.