Mary Dalton was born in Lake View, in the parish of Harbour Main, in Conception Bay. She has studied at the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Liverpool. She now lives in St. John's and teaches in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was editor and co-publisher of the Newfoundland literary magazine TickleAce from 1980-1986. Her first volume of poems, The Time of Icicles, was published by Breakwater in 1989.