Ann Day was born in Malta to a British Naval officer and his wife and was raised partly on the island of Jersey, one of the British Channel Islands. She came to the US as a refugee after the island was taken by the Germans during World War II. A 1948 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mt. Holyoke, she worked in museums and had been a professor at Montclair State College. For many years she had been active in upstate New York poetry groups. We Have Saved What We Can is her first book.