Born in Ogre, Latvia, in 1975, Gita Grīnberga studied German at the University of Latvia in Riga and at Rostock, then French at Bordeaux. A literary translator since 1995, she is best known for her translations of Baudelaire and Rimbaud; her translation of Une saison en enfer and Illuminations received the 2006 award for the best translation into Latvian. She has also translated Yourcenar and Perec among other significant French authors. She works in all genres: poetry, prose, drama and children's literature. She has also translated significant Latvian writers into French: Jānis Ezeriņš, Inga Ābele, Imants Ziedonis, and Vizma Belševica among them. From 2004 to 2006 she was an adjunct professor of Latvian literature at INALCO in Paris.