Tracy Ryan grew up in a large family in the Midland area of Perth,Western Australia. After reading English at Curtin University, she studied European languages at the University of Western Australia and translated many French writers, including Helene Cixous, Maryline Desboilles and Francoise Han. She completed a BA in Literature at the University of Western Australia. Ryan is a former bookseller and tutor. She has been living in Cambridge, England where she has worked as a bookseller, tutor, editor and writer.Much of her paid work has been in libraries. Ryan was Judith E. Wilson Junior Visiting Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge in 1998 and has been teaching Australian Literature and Film at the University of East Anglia. She spent much of 2000 in Perth working on her book of poems Hothouse. Ryan is an editor as well as a writer.