Postmodernist poet associated with the Language poets and known for such works as Frolic Architecture and The Midnight. She also published two works of literary criticism: My
She attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. She published her debut poetry collection, Hinge Picture, in 1974.
She was awarded the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry in 2011.
She was married to two artists: Harvey Quaytman and David von Schlegell. Following her second husband's death, she wed University of Buffalo professor Peter Hewitt Hare.
Her sister Fanny Howe was also a poet.