Lenora Blouin was born in Seattle, Washington but has lived most of her life in San Jose, California. She studied at San Jose State University at which she earned an MA in English Literature (1972) and an MLS in Library Science in (1974). She worked as a librarian at the San Jose Public Library for twenty years until she retired in 1996. From 1986 on she was Head of the Reference Department at the Main Library. Her publications include May Sarton: A Bibliography (1978, rev. ed. 2000), several articles on May Sarton, and "Library Access and the Independent Scholar: 25 Years of Growth and Change," The Independent Scholar (Winter 1999-2000). She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. She is a Methodist.