Collier is a native of Baltimore, MD. She was born in 1928. She is both a writer and a critic. Her
father was a physican and her mother was a teacher. Collier graduated with high honors from Howard University in
Washington DC in 1948. She earned her master of arts from Columbia University in 1950. She taught English at colleges
and universities in the Baltimore and Washington area. She retired from teaching in 1996. Her work is inspired from her love
of African American literature, drama, and culture.