Natasha Sajéwas born June 6, 1955, to Josef Sajéand Hiltrud Klima in Munich, Germany. She moved with her family to the United States in 1957 and spent her childhood and young adulthood in New York and New Jersey. Sajéearned her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1976, graduating with honors in English. In 1980, she completed her master's degree at Johns Hopkins University, and in 1995, she earned her doctorate in English from the University of Maryland.
Sajé's first poetry collection, Red under the Skin, was published in 1994. In 1993, the work had been chosen over nine hundred other manuscripts to receive the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize; it was later also awarded the Towson State Prize in literature. Additional honors for her poetry include the 1993 Academy of American Poets Prize, the 1998 Robert Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2002 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. In 2004, Sajécompleted her second poetry collection, Bend, which includes "The Art of the Novel."
Sajé's poems and articles have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, Shenandoah, the Writer's Chronicle, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, the Henry James Review, Essays in Literature, and Dalhousie Review. She was the Bannister writer in residence at Sweetbriar College in 1995 and was a poet in residence for the Maryland State Arts Council from 1989 to 1998. Sajéhas also been an associate professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she has also served as the Weeks Poetry Series administrator. In addition, she has taught in the Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.