Bachelor in English, University Oregon, 1977. Master of Arts in English, University California, Irvine, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University California, Irvine, 1994.
Assistant professor Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1982—1992. Associate professor American University Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, 1995—1997. Professor Xavier University, New Orleans, 1997—2005, RosaMary Endowed professor English, since 2005.
Married Leigh Frances Guillory, June 6, 1992. Children: Cyleste, Isabel.