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 in Omaha and Lincoln as a high school teacher, secretary, sign language interpreter, academic advisor, editorial specialist, and university professor.

She holds an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific  Lutheran University, and a Ph.D. in English (fiction and poetry writing)  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, and currently works as the research editor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.