Bachelor with honors, University Maryland, College Park, 1966. Master of Arts in Teaching, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1967. Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1988.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1999.
Teacher Towson High School, Maryland, 1967-1970. Employment professional Center for Naval Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia, 1970-1971. Teacher adult education Montgomery County Board Education, Maryland, 1975-1980.
Editor public affairs American Petroleum Institute, Washington, 1980-1983, writer, editor-in-chief, 1983-1986, manager environmental, health public affairs, 1986-1989, director public affairs writing, 1989-1996. Associate fiction editor The Journal, literature magazine Ohio State University, Columbus, 1996-1999, contributing editor, since 1999. Adjunct professor creative writing and American literature George Washington University, since 1999.
Advisor High School science curriculum reform National Science Teachers Association, Washington, 1991-1996. Lecturer Smithsonian Institution Campus-on-the-Mall, since 2001. Visiting fellow Woodrow Wilson., since 2008.
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Debate judge National Catholic Forensic High School League, Bethesda (Maryland)-Chevy Chase High School, 1991-1993. Board directors Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 1993-1996, Mather Studios Condominiums, since 2009. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta.
Married Ardell Louis Persinger, September 16, 1984. Children: Benjamin George Hammerschlag, Sarah Esther Hammerschlag.