Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. She studied Comparative Literature at the University of Skopje and took a PhD in Romanian Literature at the University of Bucharest, Romania. She has worked as a lecturer of Macedonian language and literature at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, and as a lecturer of World Literature at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Since 2001 she has been living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as a freelance writer and translator of Romanian and Slovenian literature into Macedonian. She has participated at numerous international literary festivals and was a writer-in-residence in Iowa, Berlin, Graz, Vienna, Salzburg, and London.
In 2009, she received the Hubert Burda literary prize for young East European poets and, in 2012, she won the Tudor Arghezi international poetry prize in Romania. She is a member of the jury for the Vilenica international literary award in Slovenia, and the Zbigniew Herbert international award for poetry.
Her first book Skriena Kamera (Hidden Camera) was published in 2004, winning the Writers’ Union of Macedonia award for the best prose book of the year. It was also shortlisted for the Utrinski Vesnik award for the best novel of the year. It has been translated into Slovenian, Slovakian, Polish and Bulgarian.
Backup Life received the Writers’ Union of Macedonia award for the best prose book of the year and was also shortlisted for the Utrinski Vesnik award for the best novel of the year.