Nora Ikstena is a Latvian writer.
Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1969, she obtained a degree in Philology from the University of Latvia in 1992, then she took courses in English literature at Columbia University.
In 1998, she was guest editor of The Review of Contemporary Fiction issue dedicated to Latvian fiction.
She is the author of novels, short stories, fairy-tales, books of biographical fiction, non-fiction, and essays.
Nora Ikstena has received the Annual Latvian Literature Award for Life Stories and The Indefinite Was and the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature for The Indefinite Was.