Ellen Hinsey was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived in Europe for the last two decades. She earned a BFA from Tufts University and a graduate degree from Université de Paris VII. Hinsey's books of poetry include Cities of Memory (1996), winner of the Yale University Series Award, and The White Fire of Time (2002). She has edited and translated The Junction: Selected Poems of Tomas Venclova (2008). She is also the author of three books of poems.