- Born on February 18, 1934 in New York City.
- Her parents were immigrants from Grenada and she is the youngest of three sisters.
- Lorde received her B.A. from Hunter College and an M.L.S. from Columbia University.
- Married Edward Rollins in 1962 and had two children, Elizabeth and Jonathon, before divorcing in 1970.
- Her book From a Land Where Other People Live (1972) was nominated for a National Book Award.
While she was still in high school, her first poem appeared in Seventeen magazine.