Cathy Ford was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and grew up in northern British Columbia. She has a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia (1978). She now lives on Mayne Island, and in Sidney, B.C., working as poet and fictioniste, publisher, editor, and teacher. She was President of the League of Canadian Poets in 1985/86, and one of the founding members of the League's Feminist Caucus in 1982. From 1984 to 1986 she was a member of a national task force of Women and Words, working to create a draft constitution for a national association of PanCanadian Women and Words. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Literary Storefront from 1980 to 1982, and is also a member of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and PEN.