Bachelor, University Tennessee, 1968. Master of Arts in English, Middlebury College, 1973. Master of Fine Arts, Vermont College, 1993.
Reader, International Women's Day, Jefferson Market Library., New York City, 1989, Notre Dame University, 1997, Butler University, 1997, New York University, 1997, Library. of Congress, 1998. Reading performance Midday Muse Series, Folger Shakespeare Library., Washington, 1983, National Education Association Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, 1985, Bower's Museum, Santa Ana, California, 1986, 88.
Member Poetry Society of America (finalist Robert H. Winner award 2005), Poets House (board directors). International Women's Writing Guild.
Married Harold M. Shapiro, February 15, 1953. Children: Karen S., Judith M.