Maja Vidmar was born in 1961 in Nova Gorica. She studied comparative literature in Ljubljana, where she currently lives as a free-lance writer. She is the author of several poetry collections: Body Distances (1984), Ways of Binding (1988), Urgent Direction: Selected Poems (1989), At the Base (1998) and Presence (2005), which was awarded the Jenko Prize. She is also the winner of the prestigious Prešeren Foundation Award, and her work has appeared internationally in various literary journals and anthologies. Her selected poems were published in German translation in Graz and this book received the Hubert-Burda-Stifung Prize in 1999. A Croatian translation was also published in the same year in Zagreb under the title Akt.