She was born in Baltimore. She graduated from Antioch College in 1966, received an MA in English from Brown University in 1972, and earned a Doctor of Arts in Creative Writing in 1975, also from Brown. She currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she previously taught in the MFA and PhD program of Western Michigan University.
Gordon is considered to be an important writer, whose literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series. She is author of the underground fantasy classic Shamp of the City-Solo.
- Shamp of the City-Solo (Treacle Press, 1974)
- The Rose of the West (Woodbine Press, 1976)
- The Bend, The Lip, The Kid (Sun Press, 1978)
- Private T. Pigeon's Tale (Treacle Press, 1979)
- Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue (Burning Deck, 1979)
- She Drove Without Stopping (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1990)
- Bogeywoman (Sun & Moon Press, 1999)
- Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Company, 2010)
-  Archived July 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
"National Book Awards – 2010". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
(With acceptance speech by Gordon, interviews of and readings by all five finalists.)