Born, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1937.
Grew up in Vallejo and Napa, California.
Educated at Napa Jr. College; BA, MA, San Francisco State College, PhD (ABD)State University of New York at Buffalo.
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
Published in Best Poets of 1977; The New Yorker; The Nation; Ploughshares; Ironwood; New England Review; Quickly Aging Here; Wine Country Anthology; etc.
Author: Paying Back the Sea, Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Editor: 19 New American Poets of the Golden Gate, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1984).
Professor of Poetry, Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Graduate Liberal Studies--San Francisco State College; State University of New York at Buffalo; State Univesity of New York at Binghamton; Carnegie-Mellon University; Professor, Graduate Liberal Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California since 1991.
Poet-n-Residence: Reed College; University of Texas at El Paso; Louisiana State Univeristy, Baton Rouge.