Daisy Zamora was born in Managua, Nicaragua, on June 20, 1950. She grew up in a wealthy and politically active family. She received her primary education in Roman Catholic convent schools. Later, she attended Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua and received a degree in psychology. She earned a postgraduate degree at the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE), a Central American branch of Harvard University. Zamora has also studied at the Academia Dante Alighieri and the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. During the struggle against the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle in the 1970’s, she joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in 1973 and was exiled, living in Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica. During the final Sandinista offensive in 1979, she served as program director for the clandestine Radio Sandino. After the Sandinista victory against Somoza, she served as the vice minister of culture and the executive director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research of Nicaragua. In addition to her political work, Zamora has fought for women’s rights all her adult life.
Zamora has taught poetry workshops at various universities and lectured in the Latin American and Latino studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She married the American author George Evans; the couple has three children. She has been spending part of the year in San Francisco and part in Managua.