Bachelor in Journalism, University Oregon, 1980. Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Columbia University, 1997.
Editor World Concern Magazine, Seattle, 1981-1984, Back Door Travel, Seattle, 1985-1988. Editor-in-chief Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, New York City, 1995-1996. Instructor Columbia University, 1995-1997, assistant to composition director, 1996-1997.
Lecturer Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1997-2000. Associate professor Portland (Oregon) State University, since 2000. Judge, Charles Johnson award, Carbondale, 1998-1999.
Lecturer, guide, European cultural tours, Europe Through the Back Door, Seattle.
Member Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs, The Authors Guild.
Married Sylvia Farkas, November 27, 1993.