Born in Terrill, Iowa, Ann Struthers earned a BA from Morningside College in Sioux City and an MA and a PhD in modern letters from the University of Iowa. A two-time Pushcart nominee, Struthers is the author of four collections of poetry, including What You Try to Tame (2004) and Stoneboat (1989). She has received Fulbright fellowships to Syria and Sri Lanka.

Currently the writer-in-residence and a visiting professor of English at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Struthers has also taught at the University of Northern Iowa.