Born in New York City, Faye Rapoport DesPres was raised in a rural area of upstate New York. Her maternal grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s and settled in the South Bronx, where her mother was raised. Her father, a Holocaust survivor, arrived in New York as a teenager after World War II.
Faye holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, and a Master's Degree in Environmental Science (with a focus on journalism) from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She spent her early career in the communications departments of environmental organizations, working to protect wildlife and natural resources. At one point she wrote a bi-weekly column for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, "The Nature of Things," which was published in weekly newspapers throughout Massachusetts. She also produced "The Massachusetts Audubon Society Radio Show" for WADN, Walden Radio, with iconic Boston radio host Dick Pleasants.
In 1999, Faye won a Colorado Press Association award while working as a staff writer for a Denver weekly, where she wrote news stories, features, and interviews. Her freelance work has since appeared in The New York Times, Animal Life, Trail and Timberline and a variety of other publications. Her personal essays, fiction, book reviews, and interviews have been published in a number of literary journals and magazines, including Ascent, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, damselfly press, Eleven Eleven, Fourth Genre, Hamilton Stone Review, Necessary Fiction, Platte Valley Review, Prime Number Magazine, Superstition Review, The Whistling Fire and the Writer’s Chronicle. Faye has also taught Expository Writing at Framingham State University and Introductory Writing at Lasell College.
Over the years, Faye has lived in London, New York, Jerusalem, and Boulder, Colorado. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband, Jean-Paul Des Pres, and their four cats. She dreams of having a dog someday, and a little goat named Fairfield.