Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. She took Ph.D. degree in Romanian literature at University of Bucharest, Romania where she worked as lecturer of Macedonian language and literature. She used to teach Universal Literature at the University in Nova Gorica, and now she lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia as a freelance writer and translator of Romanian and Slovenian literature in Macedonian. She is the president of the jury for Vilenica International Literary Award (Slovenia).She has published six books of poetry and three novels. Her poetry and her novels have been translated in more than 20 languages. The American Poetry Review dedicated her the cover page and the Special Supplement. She received the German poetry prize “Hubert Burda”, the Romanian poetry prizes Poesis and “Tudor Arghezi”, the European Prize for Poetry Petru Krdu in Serbia and for her novel A Spare Life. She received the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013.