Adrian Koesters is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She attended high school in Bellingham, Washington, and has lived most of her life in Nebraska, where she has worked as a high school teacher, secretary, sign language interpreter, academic advisor, university professor, and literary and academic editor.

A poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer, Adrian holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was an assistant editor in Poetry for Prairie Schooner magazine and an assistant editor for Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, "American Life in Poetry.” She has taught creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University. She currently lives in Omaha.