Bachelor, State University of New York Albany, 1977. Master of Arts, University South Carolina, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1985.
From assistant to professor University Nebraska, Omaha, since 1991. Governor Center Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1998—2000.
Member of We. Literature Association (president 2001), Children's Lit Association (conference coordinator), Association Study Literature and Environment.
Married Harmon D. Maher, December 23, 1977 (divorced June 1995). Children: Dana Craig, Anna Turi.