Karen Lee Oliver was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on October 1, 1959. She studied at St. Agnes School for girls and graduated High School with Honors from Rhodes Preparatory School in New York City in 1976. She obtained a B.A. degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Albany in 1981. Ms. Oliver has been writing her own poetry since 1986 and has published three works of poetry with her publisher, Xlibris; Pergola in 2002, Tales From the Mirwood in 2005 and Tranquility, Solitude and Other Poems in 2015, a recommended read by Blue Ink Review, 2016.