Margaret (Peggy) B. Ingraham was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and “grew up” exploring the woods behind her home. It was there that she first began to appreciate the rhythms and movements of light and time and the seasons and to observe their effects on the landscape and its flora and fauna. After moving from Atlanta, she lived in north Georgia, middle and west Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Her image-rich and distinctly musical poetry clearly reflects the literary, linguistic and cultural traditions of her native South.
Like generations of poets writing in English, she was also drawn to the psalms, which she began reading as a young child. This interest continued into adulthood and led her to learn to read biblical Hebrew so that she could mine the images and experience the sounds and cadences of those magnificent poems in the language in which they were composed.