Ann Zell was born in the USA in 1933 and raised in Idaho. She came to Belfast in 1980 and began writing seriously in 1986.
She was one of the poets included in the important Word of Mouth collection (Blackstaff 1996). She has two collections Weathering (Salmon 1998) and Between Me and All Harm (Summer Palace 2005). She is represented in anthologies such as the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing Vol V (2002) and the Virago New Poets (1993), as well as publishing her work in most leading Irish journals and reading widely across Ireland and GB, including Aspects and Diablo Valley.
She is a founder member of Word of Mouth, a collective of women poets established in 1991.