Mirela Ivanova was born in 1962 in Sofia. She studied Bulgarian and Russian philology at the Plovdiv University.
Ivanova is the author of six poetry books. She also writes essays, reviews on fiction and theatre performances, deals with literature history, translates from German, a.o. works of Elke Erb, Gregor Laschen, Durs Grünbein and Uwe Kolbe