Emma-Jane Arkady was originally from Leicestershire but became a post-graduate student in Manchester where she still lives. She has studied geology and sedimentology and worked for engineering companies.

Emma-Jane Arkady was a founder editor of the poetry magazine Brando’s Hat and was a member of the Manchester Survivors’ Poetry group. After publishing three pamphlets, Emma-Jane Arkady’s first full length collection Lithium was launched with a reading at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in 2002.