Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1957, I have been blessed with a rich and varied life. Creative since early childhood, I began to paint at the age of twelve under the direction of the well-known portrait and landscape artist Paul Penczner. Later, I studied art at Sewanee (the University of the South), the University of Virginia (where I completed my bachelor's in 1979), then the Universities of Memphis and North Carolina at Greensboro. In the meantime, I also developed a love for literature, a fact that explains my extensive endeavors in writing and translating poetry, not to mention my Ph.D. (from the University of Mississippi) and career as a professor of English. Now, retired from teaching, I devote my time to painting, writing, translating, and (when possible) travel, a passion for me that inspires my art and writing both.