Dolly Dennis was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, raised in Montreal, Quebec, and has been living in Edmonton since 1993. Her work has appeared on stage, in literary journals, newspapers, corporate newsletters, anthologies, and as a creative non-fiction piece broadcast on the CBC, which was shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her first play, The Plexiglass Box won two awards at the Quebec Drama Festival.
Her second novel, The Complex Arms, is set in Mill Woods 1987, and details the impact of the tornado that hit Edmonton around that time and its impact on the tenants living in an apartment building called The Complex Arms.
She is currently editing her third book, a childhood memoir entitled The Quiet Wound, which speaks about the difficulties encountered as she tried to assimilate into Canadian culture as a young child.