Born in Boston and raised in Brookline, poet Elizabeth Biller Chapman earned a BA at Smith College, an MA at the Shakespeare Institute, and a PhD at Columbia University. She wrote her first poem at the age of 43.
In her poems, Chapman explores lushly detailed natural and personal landscapes. She is the author of the poetry collections Candlefish (2004) and Light Thickens (2009), which won the Robert McGovern Memorial Publication Prize. Her work has also been featured in The Best American Poetry 2002 and The Blueline Anthology (2004).
Chapman has taught at Smith College, Radcliffe College, and Claremont McKenna College and worked as a psychotherapist for 17 years. She lives in Palo Alto, California.