At the age of five years Ann Cotten was taken to Vienna by her parents, who are both biochemists and worked in Vienna.  There she finished university in 2006 with a work about Concrete Poetry. At the same time she first emerged as a poet at poetry slams. In 2007 Cotten, whose work has been published in anthologies and poetry journals, found considerable success as a writer with her first book, Fremdwörterbuchsonnette, which was published at Suhrkamp. Her latest book with Suhrkamp is Florida-Räume Some of her poems have been translated into English and published in journals like burning deck (USA). In 2010 Cotten collaborated with visual artist Kerstin Cmelka in a book called I, Coleoptile. Original English poetry and film stills, the book was published by Broken Dimanche Press.
Cotten grew up in Vienna but her writing includes lots of English allusions. She lives in Vienna and in Berlin.