Eugene McNamara was born in 1930 in Oak Park, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from DePaul University in 1953 and 1955, respectively. He completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at Northwestern University in 1964. In 19569, he began teaching in the Department of English at the University of Windsor where he was one of the first two instructors in the Creative Writing Program. McNamara has published in the genres of poetry, short stories and novels. Four of his short stories were selected for inclusion in the annual Best Canadian Stories. One of these stories appeared in Best American Short Stories in 1975. In 1965, he founded the University of Windsor Review, now known as The Windsor Review, and was editor until 1987. Eugene McNamara is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Windsor.