Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. Published short stories, essays, and a poetry collection, The Human Shell (Pero, 1994), in Bulgarian. Served as the Editor of Panorama, Bulgarian quarterly for foreign literature. Was a daily correspondent for the Polish section of Radio Free Europe. Traveled to Galapagos, North Korea, Patagonia, Turkey, and many other, less exotic places.
Earned a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Has been teaching in liberal arts programs in Chicago since 1998. Currently a professional faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a lecturer in the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the Graham School, University of Chicago. Received awards for teaching excellence and innovation in higher education.
Translated poetry by Czeslaw Milosz and Mark Strand as well as philosophy by Leszek Kolakowski into Bulgarian. Her poetry collection, Dream Diary, was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013.