Bachelor in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1987. Master of Arts in English, Cambridge (England) University, 1989.
Deputy editor, Women's Page The Guardian Newspaper, London, 1990-1993. Adjunct professor creative writing University Maryland, College Park, 1996-1997. Writer in residence University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 2000.
Visiting writer, Amherst Massachusetts College, 2000-2002, Radcliffe Institute fellow, 2004-2005.
Married James Douglas Graham Wood, June 19, 1992.