Phoebe Hoss was born in 1926, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Mills College in 1946. She has worked in publishing in New York for most of her adult life: first, at the Oxford University Press; later at Basic books, where she was development editor of scholarly books. Now, retired, she still does freelance work. She is the author of two children’s books – Noses Are for Roses (1961) and Better Never Than Late (1971) – and was co-translator of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s The View from Afar. She is a poet, and her poems have appeared in various publications, including River Voices, by the poets of Stuyvesant Cove Park, and Offerings II, poems by members of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan. She is an active member of the church. She has a daughter and a granddaughter.