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).
photo courtesy Rimas Miksys