Ivana Milankov was born in 1952, in Belgrade, Serbia. She finished her studies in English language and literature at Belgrade University. She is the author of seven books of poetry and one book of poetical prose - a dream diary.
She is a translator of English and American poetry, including the work of Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, W. B. Yeats, William Blake, Allen Ginsberg and so on. Accepting an invitation by Allen Ginsberg following his visit to Belgrade, Ivana took part in creative workshops at the Naropa Institute with Ginsberg and Ann Waldman in Boulder, Colorado.
Ivana Milankov belongs to the first generation of poets from central and eastern Europe who were influenced by anti-establishment poetries - particularly from the USA - such as the Beats and, later on, the New York poets.
In the mid nineteen-eighties she was very active in alternative theatre and street performances. She now earns a living as teacher of English in a secondary school.