Tsvetanka Elenkova was born in Sofia in 1968. The Seventh Gesture is her third poetry collection and appeared in 2005. She has published three other poetry collections, The Stakes of the Legion, Amphipolis of the Nine Roads and Crookedness, as well as a collection of essays, Time and Relation. Her work has already been translated into twelve languages and, in English, has appeared in the magazines Absinthe, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Review and others. An anthology of contemporary Bulgarian poetry, edited by Tsvetanka Elenkova, was published by Shearsman in 2012.