Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1954. Associate of Arts, Los Angeles City College, 1951.
He has been an instructor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California from 1974 until 2008. In 2012, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served as editorial director for literary, scholarly, and general trade book publishers, seeing over 500 books through the editorial and production process.
He ran the Los Angeles office of a major mass-market book publisher, and edited literary, mystery, and science-fiction/fantasy magazines before being called to a career as editorial consultant to authors, book publishers, and literary agents.
He has written and lectured extensively at writers’ conferences and schools about the novel and the short story. His own short fiction has appeared widely in the literary press
As a book reviewer and critic, his essays and commentary have been published in major metropolitan dailies and national publications. He currently contributes a weekly book review column to the Montecito Journal.
Other of his writings have appeared in such diverse venues as The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, Amazing Stories Magazine, The Eureka Literary Magazine, The Portable Writers’ Conference, and Snoopy on Writing.
He is former regional president of the Mystery Writers of America and has edited a number of bestselling mystery authors. Recent publications (2014), The Fiction Writer"s Handbook, and (2015) Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night, both with White Whisker Books, Los Los Angeles Beginning in August, 2015, he has been Editorial Director for the online publication, The Cafe Luna Review.
Board directors Vedanta Society Southern California, since 1980. Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association International.
Married Anne Nelan Lowenkopf, July 31, 1963.