Sajé was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in New York City and Northern New Jersey. She earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Her first book of poems, Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994, 2nd printing 1996), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett prize and the Towson State Prize in Literature. Sajé is an associate professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she administers the Weeks Poetry Series, and also teaches in the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program.