Anna Crowe was born in Plymouth in 1945. She spent part of her childhood in France, and read French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews. Married with three grown-up children, she now lives and works in St Andrews.
In 1998 Anna Crowe was involved in establishing the StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews, acting first as chair of the organizing committee and then for seven years as the artistic director. She remains on the Board of Trustees of the festival.
Anna Crowe is the author of four poetry collections in English: Figure in a Landscape (2010), awarded the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award in 2011; Skating Out of the House (1997), A Secret History of Rhubarb (2006), Punk with Dulcimer (2006); one in Catalan / English bilingual edition: L'ànima del teixidor (2000); and one in Catalan: Punk con salterio, translated by Joan Margarit (2008). She has translated three of Joan Margarit's collections: Tugs in the fog (Bloodaxe, 2006, a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation); Barcelona, amor final (2007, Catalan / Castilian / English trilingual edition); Strangely happy (Bloodaxe, 2011). She has also translated Anna Aguilar-Amat's Música i escorbut (Blesok, 2006), and, with Iolanda Pelegrí, an anthology of Catalan poetry, Miralls d'aigua (Light Off Water, Scottish Poetry Library / Carcanet Press, 2006).
She has twice won the Peterloo Open Poetry competition, and in 2005 won a travelling scholarship from the Society of Authors.