Bachelor with honours, Southampton University, England, 1960.
Secretary registrar's office, Makerere U., Kampala, Uganda, 1961-1964; secretary, editorial assistant, Transition Magazine, Kampala, 1965-1967; associate editor, New Letters Magazine, Kansas City, Missoury, 1971-1985; radio producer, New Letters On the Air, Kansas City, 1982-1986; executive director, The Writers Place, Kansas City, since 1992.
Member Poetry Society of America.
Married Donald Anthony James, July 8, 1961 (divorced 1969). 1 child, Sapphina; married David Eugene Ray, February 21, 1970.