She graduated from Bennington College in 1957 and studied at the Sorbonne.She was poet-in-residence at Fordham University, and City College of New York.
In 1959, she married Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis.In 1966 she married Harvey Leve, lawyer for the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong. They had a daughter, Ariel, in 1968 and divorced in 1970.
Her work appeared in The New Yorker.She was a columnist for Harpers Bazaar.Created her own foundation, "You're an Artist Too" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to teach poetry and song writing to children ages 7-12. She ran this program for 15 years.She lives in an Upper East Side Manhattan apartment.