Allard was born in Moncton, and raised in the fishing village of Richibucto, New Brunswick.
The earliest poem she wrote was named "Friends" in 1972. Her earliest poem performance was in 1988 at the National Milton Acorn Festival. She has performed with poets such as bill bissett, John B. Lee, Robert Priest, Nicole Brossard, Joseph Sherman, Fred Stenson, and Rita Joe.
From 2000 to 2011, Allard served on the board of directors of the Canadian Poetry Association as Atlantic representative, national coordinator, and president (2005-2011). She was an executive member of the National Milton Acorn Festival for 8 years. She is also the creator of "Sojourner Literary Hub", (previously the Facebooks Poets and Writers Registry).
She is a member of the Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA), Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB), Road Scribes of America, Royal City Literary Arts Society East Coast Liasion). Ms. Allard presently 
Allard lives year round at her beach house in Richibucto with her cat, Gale.
- Postal Code (chapbook). Toronto: Hidden Book Press, 1999.
- Postal Code II (chapbook). Toronto: Hidden Book Press, 2001.
- Minago Streets: Selected poems. Moncton, NB: River Bones Press, 2005. ISBN 0-9738671-3-2
- Bellwalker: Devolution. Moncton, NB: River Bones Press, 2006. ISBN 0-9738671-5-9
- Hand Upon the Dunes: Selected poems. Moncton, NB: River Bones Press, 2006. ISBN 0-9738671-4-0
- From Shore To Shoormal: Poems in English, French, & Shetland dialect = D'un Rivage à l'Autre: Poèmes en miroirs, anglais, français, dialecte shetlandais (with Nat Hall). Fredericton, NB: Broken Jaw Press, 2012.
- No Love Lost II: An international anthology of poetry. Toronto: Hidden Brook Press, 2001. ISBN 1-894553-01-2
- Poetea for Six. Toronto: Hidden Brook Press, 2001. ISBN 1-894553-25-X
- CPA Member Anthology. Toronto: Hidden Brook Press, 2001.
- Poetry by Donna Allard (3 poems)
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