Bachelor of Arts in English, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1953. Master of Arts in English, North Carolina State University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1980.
Teacher Arlington Junior High School, Gastonia, North Carolina, 1953-1954, Protestant School, Goldsboro, 1962-1965. Journalist Raleigh Times, 1966-1968. Teaching assistant North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1968-1970.
Professor English Peace College, 1970-1998. Member scholar's advisory board MotheRead. Chair North Carolina Writers' Conference, 1988-1989.
Member Legislation Study Commission for Emotionally Disturbed Children, North Carolina, 1970-1971, Women's Good Will Committee, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1963-1965. Co-chair arts education panel Department Cultural Resources, Raleigh, 1977-1981. Board directors North Carolina Autism Society, 1969-1973, North Carolina Literature and History Society, 1981-1986.
Member North Carolina Poetry Society (poet laureate festival chair 1988-1989), North Carolina Literature Hall of Fame (chair selection committee).
Married Robert Lynn Buckner, August 21, 1954. Children: George Robert, Sally Lynn, Theodore Warren.