Doris Kareva was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1958. She studied English Literature at Tartu University, and worked as the literary editor of the cultural weekly Sirp. She has published thirteen books of poetry, including one children’s book and and two bilingual books. She has translated essays, plays and poetry into Estonian, including work by Anna Akhmatova, Emily Dickinson, Joseph Brodsky, and Shakespeare. Volumes of her poetry have been published in Russian, German, Swedish and Latvian translation. Her poetry has also appeared in anthologies and journals in fifteen other languages. She has received several literary prizes for her poetry. With the National Cultural Prize in 1993 she established, in collaboration with Huma Publishers, the Straw Stipend, which financed the publication of ten young poets. In 2003 she launched Grafiti, the next series of young Estonian poetry. Her book of poetry, Mandragora, was staged by Tallinn City Theatre in 2003. Her latest volume, Aja kuju (The Shape of Time), which appeared in 2005, was awarded the State Cultural Prize and was chosen by Estonian Television as book of the year. She has been Secretary-General of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO since 1992.
– from Ilmar Lehtpere’s introduction in MPT Series 3/5 Transgressions