Velina Minkoff was born in Sofia in 1974. She has a degree in English from UCLA with a track in Creative Writing – Fiction. She was a Bulgarian-language fellow at the annual Sozopol Fiction Seminars of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (2014) and resident literary translator at Open Letter Books, USA (2016). Her debut novel The Red and Blue Report of the Green Ameba came out in French under the title Le Grand Leader Doit Venir Nous Voir (Actes Sud, 2018). She lives in Paris, where she teaches English, freelances as a translator and is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of short stories.