Beth Bjorklund received her Ph. D. from Indiana University. She is a Professor Emeritus of German at University of Virginia. Bjorklund has published widely on contemporary Austrian literature and is also well known as a translator. She has written on Marie-Thérèse Kerschbaumer, Friederike Mayröcker, and Renate Welsh. She is currently working on a study of Friederike Mayröcker.