Mirela Ivanova was born on May 11, 1962 in Sofia. She started publishing poems in the magazine "Native speech" as a student at the German high school. Her first collection of poems "Stone Wings" was published in 1985.
Author of nine poetry books, the most famous of which are Solitary Game, Memory for Details, Disassembling the Toys, Eclectics, Seven.
She also published two collections of stories: Slowly and All Stories Are For You, and two volumes of journalistic texts.
She is the winner of national and international prizes for poetry: the Prize for Modern Poetry from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the National Prize "Hristo G. Danov", the Sofia Prize for Literature, the prizes for poetry "Nikolai Kanchev" and "Peroto" for "SEDEM. Poems (with) biographies'.
At the end of 2022, she was nominated for the prestigious "European Poet of Freedom" award, which will be presented in 2024 in the city of Gdansk, Poland. The nomination includes the translation and publication of a book in Polish.
She is a participant in a number of prestigious European literary forums such as "Europe Writes", "Poetry in the City", "Donumenta", "Fragile". In 2008, she received a one-year writing scholarship from the Bavarian Ministry of Culture at the International Creative Home "Villa Concordia" in Bamberg.
Mirela Ivanova's poems and stories have been translated and published in many languages, they are included in a number of representative anthologies of Bulgarian and European poetry and prose.
She has two poetry books published in Germany: A Lonely Game and Coming to Terms With the Cold, translated by Norbert Randow and Gaby Tiemann.
Mirela Ivanova worked for more than fifteen years as the chief curator of the "Ivan Vazov" house museum in Sofia.
Since 2016, she has been a playwright at the "Ivan Vazov" National Theater, on whose Chamber Stages her plays Oh, you, whoever you are... and Footnotes are performed with great success.