She graduated from Harvard University, with a BA in English. She worked as a teacher of Latin and English, and a software engineer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, and nine children, and raises heifers on a farm in Vermont.
Her work has appeared in America, The Atlanta Review, Commonweal, Cumberland Poetry Review, Edge City Review, The Formalist, Hudson Review, the New Criterion, Orbis, The Paris Review, Sparrow, the Yale Review.
- The size of happiness, Waywiser Press, 2003, ISBN 978-1-904130-04-8
- Zero meridian: poems, Ivan R. Dee, 2004, ISBN 978-1-56663-596-7
- Dream with flowers and bowl of fruit, University of Evansville Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-930982-66-9
- Sonnets: 150 contemporary sonnets, Editor William Baer, University of Evansville Press, 2005, ISBN 9780930982591
- 2000 Robert Penn Warren Prize
- 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize of Truman State University (finalist)
- 2001 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
- 2002 Robert Frost Award
- 2008 Richard Wilbur Award for publication of Dream with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit
- "Airplane", Paris Review, Macmillan, 2004, ISBN 978-0-312-42240-0
- "Dream with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit", The New Yorker, October 1, 2007
- "Deborah Warren", poemtree