Anna Cates was born in Brunswick, Maine in 1971. She received her B.A. in English from Asbury College and her M.A. in English from Indiana State University, where she also completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/English.
Cates is a published poet and novelist, her first book being "The Lumenar of Dragon Mountain." Cates teaches composition and American literature online for Corinthian Colleges.