Junice Direen was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She migrated to Adelaide, South Australia in 1984 and later became an Australian citizen.
Direen began writing in 1989. She has been a long-term member of Friendly Street Poets and, in 1999, was Deputy Chair of the Board of the SA Writers' Centre. She was also a founding member of the Fleurieu Writers.
Direen has taught creative writing for Onkaparinga TAFE and has been the City of Onkaparinga Council poet for a Crime, Community, Environment, Art and Design project.