Poet best known for "Vagabond's House," a long poem that was positively reviewed by the New York Times. His other works include Paradise Loot, Memory Room, and Drifter's Gold.
He attended The Art Institute of Chicago and later served briefly in both the Canadian Army and the U.S. Army.
He frequently published Hawaiian-themed poetry collections. His best-known works in this vein include Hula Moons, The Virgin of Waikiki, and Hawaii Says Aloha.
He was born in Oklahoma, and he later settled in Hawaii, where he worked for an advertising agency. His marriage to Dorothy Binney Putnam lasted seven years.
He was a childhood friend of Joan Crawford (then known as Billie Cassin).