Gail Pool was born in New York City, attended Little Red School House and Hunter College High School, and concentrated in Classics at Harvard. Over the past 35 years, she has focused her writing on criticism, travel, and the culture of magazines, with book columns, essays, and reviews appearing in such publications as the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Women's Review of Books.
She and her husband have lived in London, New Guinea, and San Francisco. They now live in Cambridge, MA, where for many years she taught Writing for Publication at the Radcliffe Seminars, and they spend winters in Sanibel, Florida. Her most recent book is Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork.