Poet and Brown University professor whose literary works include Rising, Falling, Hovering; String Light; and One with Others. She was a recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
She attended the University of Arkansas. She later settled in Rhode Island, where she became State Poet Laureate in 1994.
Her first poetry collection, Room Rented By a Single Woman, was published by Lost Roads. She later became the owner of this same publishing company.
She married Forrest Gander and had a son named Brecht.
She was influenced by the work of Sylvia Plath.