Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, of Polish and Hungarian parents, Nicolette Stasko arrived in Perth and later moved to Canberra where she became an editor of the Phoenix Review. She has received a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts (English) degree at Lehigh University. She has worked as a secondary and creative writing teacher and in communications research and editing, writing Standard letters : how standard are they? : what do they really say? (1992) demonstrating her ability to distill text gleaned from writing poetry. Her book Abundance was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Awards (1993).