Skip Eisiminger was born in Washington, D.C. to Dorothy and Sterling Eisiminger on December 12, 1941, 5 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As a child his family moved around the globe with his father, an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Skip had attended six different grade schools and four high schools by the time of his graduation. He then spent three and a half years in the Army Security Agency before marrying Ingrid Barmwater of Helmstedt, Germany.
Skip received BS and MA degrees from Auburn University. He and his family moved to Clemson, South Carolina in 1968, where he worked as an English instructor while completing his Ph.D. in English. He received that degree from the University of South Carolina in 1974 under the instruction of James Dickey. He continued to teach English and interdisciplinary studies at Clemson University until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2007, though he plans to continue teaching part-time "for as long as the spirit is willing and his legs will carry him."
Skip's poetry, essays, and reviews have been published in several books, as well as extensively in the South Carolina Review and other publications.