Bachelor, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1968. Master of Arts, California State University, San Francisco, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1982.
Clerk, assistant manager Books Plus, San Francisco, 1973-1978. Teaching assistant, lecturer State University of New York, Binghamton, 1978-1982. Packager Global Assessment of Functioning Corporation, Johnson City, New York, 1979.
Assistant professor Arkansas Technology University, Russellville, 1982-1983. Assistant then associate professor Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, 1983-1992. Associate professor, director creative writing Wichita (Kansas) State University, since 1992.
Married Joan A. Heck, June 21, 1986. Children: Catherine Dew, Margaret.