Ann Silsbee grew up in Urbana, Illinois, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with one foot in the ocean at Martha's Vineyard when it was still an unknown island off the coast of Cape Cod. A pianist and composer, her musical works in all genres have been performed and recorded in the United States and abroad. Her poems have been published in the Atlanta Review, Seneca Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and many other poetry journals. Her chapbook, Naming the Disappeared, was published by Vista Periodista. Married to the physicist Robert Silsbee, and mother of three grown sons with families of their own, she lived in Ithaca, New York. The woods, hills, and gorges of her home were an inexhaustible source of imagery for her poems. Ann Silsbee passed away on August 28, 2003.