Maarja Kangro was born in 1973 in Estonia, where she currently lives. She has been described as one of the most formidable voices of her generation in Estonia with her wry, ironic, and incisive style. She has published five collections of poetry and three volumes of fiction and has contributed essays and reviews to several magazines, newspapers, and radio programs. She has twice won the most important literature prize in Estonia, the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Literary Award: in 2009 for poetry, and in 2011 for prose. She has also received the Tallinn University Literary Award and the Friedebert Tuglas Short Story Award.