She was raised in Laramie, Wyoming, the daughter of poet Robert Roripaugh.She graduated from Indiana University with an M.M. in music history, a B.M. in piano performance, and an M.F.A. in creative writing.
Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Crab Orchard Review, New England Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Phoebe, and Seneca Review.