Bachelor, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1964. Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1967.
Phillip sidney post professor of english Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, since 1967, director, program in creative writing, since 1984. Director, london florence program Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Chicago, 1993—1994, faculty fellow, chicago urban studies program, 1989—1990, faculty fellow, chicago arts program, 1991—1992, 1998—1999. Member advisory coun Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Iowa State University.
Non-resident fellow Center for American Progress, Washington.
Member of Poetry Society of America, American Academy of Poets, Associated Writing Programs, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association International/United States of America-West.
Married Elizabeth Carlin, December 20, 1995. Married Elizabeth Jahnke, August 29, 1992 (deceased February 20, 1993). Married Lynn Hellerstedt Harlan (divorced ).
Children: Lisa Metz-Belzer, Ronnah.