Ivy Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a house filled with books. In high school she fell in love with playwriting, poetry, and classical languages. She attended Harvard University, where she studied classical Greek.

In 1999, she moved to Amsterdam, where she got lost for six years among the narrow streets and misleading canals. While there, she worked a number of different jobs and began to write The Art of Disappearing, which will be published by St. Martin's Press on September 15th, 2009.

Ivy eventually returned to Brooklyn where she worked as a professional squash coach and completed her novel. She was the writer in residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut from February to August 2009.