Poet and author Joyce Sidman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 4, 1956. She received a B.A. in German from Wesleyan University and earned her teachers certificate in 1983. Sidman teaches poetry and is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has published several childrens books, including Red Sings from Treetops, and she won the New Womens Voices award for Like the Air.