Ann Zell was born in the USA in 1933 and raised in Idaho. She came to Belfast in 1980 and began to pursue a career as a writer. Her involvement with Falls Women’s Centre saw her poetry appear in Banshee in the Office printed in 1990. In 1991, Ann was instrumental in the formation of Word of Mouth, a collective women's poetry group based in Northern Ireland. A supporter of the Linen Hall, Ann and Word of Mouth held monthly meetings in the library and donated their archive to the institution. Ann had two published works of poetry, Weathering in 1998 and Between Me and All Harm in 2005 and was included in the seminal Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. Ann died in 2016, with the posthumous collection Donegal is a Red Door being published in 2017.