Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1979. Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1983.
Reporter Highland Park (Illinois) News, 1979-1981. Staff writer Miami (Florida) Herald, 1983-1985. Adjunct lecturer Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985, 1987, 1993—1998, since 2002.
Visiting writer School of the Art Institute, Chicago, 1985-1992, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 1996. Visiting scholar women's studies Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, since 1999.
Member Modern Language Association, National Writers Union, William Morris Society.