Lidija Dimkovska

was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia.  She attained a doctoral degree in Romanian literature in Bucharest where she worked as a lecturer of Macedonian language and literature.  Her prizewinning debut collection Progenies of the East (together with Boris Cavkoski) was published in 1992, and she has since written four more books of poetry, Fire of Letters, Bitten Nails, Nobel vs. Nobel, and pH Neutral for Life and Death and has edited an anthology of young Macedonian poets.  In 2006 Ugly Duckling Presse from N.Y. published a selection of her poetry translated in English.  In 2009 she received the German prize “Hubert Burda” for younger Eastern European poets.  The US publisher “Copper Canyon Press” is going to publish her second book of poetry in English “pH Neutral History.”  She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.