Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude, Kent State University, 1972. Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1973. Master of Science, Simmons College, 1979.
Postgraduate, New York University, London, 1982.
Child drama teacher Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 1973—1974. Fine arts teacher St. James School, Arlington, Massachusetts, 1976—1978. Children's librarian Lexington Public Library (Kentucky), 1979—1980.
Director public arts programs University Kentucky, Lexington, 1980—1981. Librarian/teacher St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, St. Andrews, Tennessee, 1981—1983. Children's librarian Providence Public Library, since 1983.
Juvenile, young adult reviewer, since 1983. Library assistant Melrose Public Library (Massachusetts), 1978—1979. Director Puppet Playhouse, Youngstown, Ohio, 1968—1972, Lexington, 1979—1981, Providence, since 1983.
Board directors Thurmond Library, Sewanee,, Tennessee, 1982—1983. Member of Rhode Island Library Association, Southeastern Theatre Association, American Theatre Association, American Library Association.
Married Michael Joseph Scanlan, August 21, 1976.