She was educated at Philadelphia High School for Girls, and graduated from Vassar College, and University at Buffalo, The State University of New York with an M.A. She married the poet Martin Steven Cohen, in 1968; they have one daughter, Ariel Nikiya, (1985).
Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Threepenny Review, and Voice of Dance. Since 2000, she has taught as an adjunct member of the Dance faculty at Barnard College.
- Night lights: poems. Prescott Street Press. 1979. ISBN 978-0-915986-13-2.
- Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation. Disney Editions. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4231-0079-9.
- Mindy Aloff, ed. (2006). Dance anecdotes: stories from the worlds of ballet, Broadway, the ballroom, and modern dance. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-505411-8.