photo courtesy Rimas Miksys
Elizabeth Novickas was born in Chicago to World War II displaced persons from Lithuania. She grew up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Creative Writing.
She spent many years working at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois as a graphic designer and graphics editor. She also worked for a number of years at The Chicago Sun-Times as a computer administrator.
Since obtaining a master’s degree in Lithuanian language and literature at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2006, she has been working as a literary translator. Her previous book-length translations include Whitehorn’s Windmill (Baltaragio Malūnas) by Kazys Boruta (Budapest: Central University Press, 2011), Vilnius Poker by Ričardas Gavelis (Rochester, NY: Open Letter Press, 2009), and Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again by Giedra Radvilavičiūtė (Dalkey Archive, 2013).