Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Ohio University, 1973. Master of Library Science, Kent State University, 1998.
Owner, operator The Old Book Store, Akron, 1978-1985. Editor, reporter Maple Heights (Ohio) Press, 1985-1989. Managing editor City Express Publications, Brooklyn, 1989-1990.
Cataloguer, bibliographer Strand Bookstore, New York City, 1990-1991. Assistant director Hudson (Ohio) Library. and History Society, 1991—2004. Fiction editor Artful Dodge, 2001—2005.
Manager Middlefield Public Library., Ohio, 2004—2005. Manager Rice branch Cleveland Public Library., 2005—2006, head literature, since 2006. Member editorial board Cleveland State University Press.
Chair literature jury Cleveland Arts Prize. Member American Library Association, Ohio Library. Council, National Book Critics Circuit, Poets League Greater Cleveland (board directors), Ohiona Library.
Association (board directors).
Married Katherine Jean Lambert, October 18, 1973 (divorced December 1991). Four children.