Lorine Niedecker, brief biographical profile

from X. J. Kennedy's An Introduction to Poetry:

Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970) spent nearly all her life on Blackhawk Island near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, where her father worked as a carp fisherman. After two years at Beloit College, she returned home to care for her ailing mother. Following a brief marriage in 1928, Niedecker held jobs as proofreader, librarian's helper, and cleaning worker in a hospital. After her marriage in 1963 she lived in Milwaukee, but on her husband's retirement, the couple moved into a house they had built by the Rock River, and the poet returned to her native grounds. Although she lived an outwardly quiet life remote from publishing centers, Niedecker read widely and maintained a vigorous life of the mind....

See also a brief sketch by Marjorie Perloff from her essay, "Canon and Loaded Gun," excerpted on the University of Illinois modern poetry site.