Maryann D’Agincourt was born in Boston, Massachusetts. An alumna of Simmons College, she has earned two graduate degrees in English literature. Her thesis and orals focused on contrary forms of fiction in early 20th century British literature, selected works of Conrad and Galsworthy. She later was a student in the Humber School for Writers Program, Toronto. In this program, her mentors were M.G. Vassanji, Mavis Gallant, as well as the Artistic Director, Antanas Sileika.