Bachelor, Marshall University.
Public information officer Woodland Center, Gallipolis, Ohio, 1979-1984. Editor Now & Then Magazine, East Tennessee State University, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, Johnson City, 1986-1994, Southern Exposure Magazine, Institute for Southern Studies, Durham, North Carolina, 1994-1996, culture In These Times, Chicago, 1997—1998. Research editor Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, New York, 2000—2002.
Chair Independent Press Association, 1996-1998, chair publications committee Appalachian Consortium Press, Boone, North Carolina, 1990-1991.
Managing editor Journal of Appalachian Studies Association, 1990-1994. Co-playwright Cancell'd Destiny, 1990. Co-author (anthology) Appalachia Inside Out, 1995.Contributor articles, interviews and book reviews to professional journals, magazines and newspapers including Extra!, Gotham Gazette, Britannica. Com. Regular contributor The Chief, New York's paper for city employees.
Daughter of Robert D. and Edna L. Arnow. Married Steven L. Giles.