Holly St. John Bergon grew up in New York City and New Jersey. Since crossing the Missouri River in 1975, however, she has spent much time in her adult life in the American West.
Her poems have appeared in The Sewanee Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Ploughshares, Terra Nova, College English, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and elsewhere.
For thirty years, she taught courses in composition, modern poetry, and creative writing at the State University of New York-Dutchess Community College. Her travels took her most extensively to Mexico, England, and Spain. She has co-translated and published with her husband, novelist Frank Bergon, the Spanish poets Antonio Gamaneda, José Ovejero, Xavier Queipo, and Violeta C. Rangel in New European Poets and The European Constitution in Verse.
She lives on Martha’s Vineyard and in Colorado, where she can be found soaking in the mineral hot springs that give Pagosa Springs its name.