Janet Fisher was born in Birmingham in 1943. She read Law at Bristol University, followed by five years' legal publishing experience. After a move to Yorkshire and a period of illness, she began to develop herself as a writer. In 1989 she joined The Poetry Business in Huddersfield as co-director with Peter Sansom. On retirement in 2008, she joined the Online MA Creative Writing: Poetry programme at MMU. Janet died aged 72 in April 2016, following complications from knee surgery.