Bachelor in English, Iowa Wesleyan College, 1969. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Poetry, University Iowa, 1971. Postgraduate, University Utah, 1975.
Doctor of Philosophy in English and Creative Writing-Poetry, University Nebraska, 1991.
English instructor Peace Corps, Republic of Korea, 1971-1973. Teaching fellow University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1974-1975. Instructor English as Second Language, test writer Department Defense Sub-Contracts, Iran, 1976-1979.
Assistant professor English Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, 1980-1992, associate professor English, 1992—2001, professor, since 2001. Administrator Academy American Poets and the Writers' Community, New York City, 1976. Instructor English as Second Language College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, 1979.
Teaching assistant University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1984-1987, secretary English Graduate Student Association, 1986-1987. Director Program in Creative Writing and Visiting Reading Series, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, member Gwendolyn Brooks Committee, since 1980, Honors Day Committee, 1980-1984. Poetry reader.
The commitment of individual Christians to work for social and political change should be recognized as a fully legitimate form of Christian discipleship.
All Christians need to be familiar with the Bible, that contains a wide variety of literature, including history, law, poetry, gospels, letters, polemic, stories and apocalyptic visions, and try to immerse themselves in it.
Member Modern Language Association, Associate Writing Programs, Poets and Writers, Poetry Society of America (past member international committee), Pen Women (president Huntsville branch 1990-1994), Huntsville Arts Council (representative 1994-1997), Alabama Poetry Society (newsletter editor 1992-1994), Huntsvile Literature Association, Huntsville Photograph Society (Annual award best photographs 1980-1982, vice president since 1996, master photographer, president).