Veronica Eley was born 1950 in Manchester (Middleton), England, the youngest of four children to Gordon and Mary (Carroll) Eley. The family moved to Nova Scotia in 1952, first to Dartmouth, afterward settling in Antigonish.
In 1974, the poet moved to Toronto. She was employed by the Toronto District School Board as an adult literacy instructor from 1994-2011. In 2002, she obtained her Master of Education degree from OISE-UT, an experience that was crucial – alongside therapy – to her “creative remembering” and recovery from trauma.
She retired to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 2016.