Zoe was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The lake's unique biota and mercurial waters inspired her love of writing rooted in nature. After retiring from acrobatics, Zoe left the Midwest for the Southwest where she completed her BA and MA in literature and creative writing at Prescott College, and earned eleven James & Judith Walsh Awards for her poetry and essays. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Poetry South, Kelp Journal, Plainsongs, RockPaperPoem, About Place, West Trade Review, Little Patuxent Review, The Penn Review, Pleiades, and has been nominated for Best of the Net.