Poet, novelist, and translator Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje. She has a Ph.D. in Romanian literature from Bucharest University where she also worked as lecturer of Macedonian language and literature. As an author, Dimkovska has published seven books of poetry, three novels, an American diary, and a short story collection. In addition, she edited several anthologies. Selected poems, novel excerpts, essays, interviews and reviews have been published in numerous magazines, including Times Literary Supplement, the Paris Review, and Asymptote. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has received numerous accolades, including the Hubert Burda Prize for young Eastern European poetry. She has participated in international literary festivals and was a writer-in-residence in Iowa, Berlin and countless other cities. Between 2016 and 2019 she served as jury president for the Slovenian international literary prize Vilenica and from 2013 to 2016 she was a jury member for the Polish Zbigniew Herbert Award. She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia, translates Romanian and Slovenian literature, and is currently working on a new novel.