Marie-Elizabeth Mali was born and raised in New York City, with frequent trips to Venezuela and Sweden where most of her family lives. She is the author of Steady, My Gaze (2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of the anthology, Villanelles (2012). She earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, a Masters degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.

Mali's work has appeared in Calyx, Poet Lore, and RATTLE, among others. She has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine, has curated several reading series, and has served as a poetry editor at TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.