Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved to Toronto at a young age. She obtained a BA degree from McMaster University and taught elementary school for a number of years. In the 1980s she helped organize poetry readings at the Axle-Tree Coffee House in Toronto. A co-founder of the poetry press Wolsak and Wynn, she is the author of five books of poetry, has been a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and served for many years as a director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. She continues to live in Toronto.