Bobbi Katz was born in 1933 in Newburgh, New York. After graduating with honors from Goucher College, where she trained as an art historian specializing in rare books, she studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Katz began her career as a freelance writer and editor of Middle Eastern affairs, and went on to hold a variety of occupations, including social worker, fashion editor, and radio show host. A devoted peace and environmental activist, Katz has organized many community service projects and activities, including park “weed-ins,” street fairs, and the Hudson River Sloop Festival. An accomplished poet, Katz has conducted many poetry workshops for children, teachers, and librarians. She has two children, and currently lives in upstate New York.