Bachelor, Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1967. Master of Arts, University Arkansas, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Arkansas, 1978.
From assistant to associate professor English University Delaware, Newark, 1978—1992, professor English, 1992—2007, director journalism program, 1995—2003. Retired, 2007
Seminar director Bulgarian Mass Media Development Program, United States Information Agency, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1994—1995. Member seminar faculty National Writers Workshop, since 1991.
Part time editorial staff Education Dynamics, Chester, Pennsylvania, 2007—2008.
Member of Modern Language Association, David Herbert Lawrence Society North America (secretary-treasurer 1979-1982, president 1985-1986), Conference of Editors of Learned Journals, National Association Black Journalists (associate), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Anna Jean Ferrell, August 26, 1997 (deceased March 8, 2005). Married Patricia Agnes Lake, April 3, 2006 (divorced June 2007).