Daisy Fried was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1967. She grew up in Albany, New York, and graduated with a B.A. in English from Swarthmore College in 1989. She is the author of two books of poetry, My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again (forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2006) and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (Pittsburgh, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize.
She was a 2004–05 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, a 2002 Bread Loaf Fellow, and a 1998 Pew Fellow in poetry. The recipient of the 2001 Leeway Award for Excellence in poetry, she has taught creative writing in Warren Wilson College’s low-residency M.F.A. program, at Haverford College, University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers–New Brunswick. She is currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.
Her poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review and many other journals.
She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia.