American poet and author known for Gone to Soldiers, a bestselling historical novel. Her other works include Body of Glass, Summer People, and Woman on the Edge of Time.
She attended Northwestern University and the University of Michigan.
She explored feminist themes in works such as What are Big Girls Made Of and The Longings of Women.
She settled in Massachusetts with her husband, Ira Wood.
She was inspired by the work of confessional poet Sylvia Plath.