Keith Waldrop, born Emporia, Kansas, 1932, his father Arthur Waldrop, worker for the Santa Fe railroad, his mother Opal née Mohler, in later life piano teacher and practical nurse. After grade school and junior high in Kansas, went to high school at a fundamentalist (holiness) school in South Carolina. Pre-med program at Kansas State Teachers College interrupted by draft in 1953. Sent as army engineer (in water purification) to Germany. Ph.D. in comparative literature from University of Michigan, 1964. While in Ann Arbor (1957-64) married Rosmarie Sebald; founded, with X.J. Kennedy, James Camp, Dallas Wiebe, and others, Wolgamot Society; directed and acted in plays by Jarry, Grabbe, Paul Goodman, etc.; edited (with James Camp and D.C. Hope) the magazine Burning Deck. Moved to Connecticut, 1964, then to Providence in 1968 to teach at Brown. Participated in Wastepaper Theatre, 1972-92.