Bachelor, Berea College, 1962. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1965. Doctor of Letters (honorary), World University, Danzing, New York, 1979.
Doctor of Philosophy in Arts (honorary), Academy Southern Arts and Letters, 1993.
Instructor English Newburgh (New York ) Free Academy, 1962-1964. Chairman department English Southeast Community College, Cumberland, Kentucky, 1965-1967. Professor English Jefferson Community College, Louisville, since 1967.
Member Mayor's Council, Louisville, since 1995. Member International Order EARS, Inc. (chairman board since 1983), National Association Preservations and Perpetuation of Storytelling (life), World Poetry Society Intercontinental (liaison), National Geography Society, Kentucky State Poetry Society (life), Kentucky Order of Colonels, Author's Guild.
Married Edith Joy Stout, January 28, 1962.