Anna S. Rickey was probably born in Cincinnati, a city that was, in the mid-19th century, home to a burgeoning western literary community. She contributed her poems to the Columbian and Great West in 1850 and 1851. A collection of her poetry, Forest Flowers of the West, appeared in 1851, featuring a portrait of Rickey as its frontispiece. She married Solomon W. Roberts, a Philadelphia engineer who designed sections of the rail line over the Alleghenies. After giving birth to five children within seven years, she died in 1858 in Philadelphia.