Margitt Lehbert (*1957) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, to German parents. She grew up in Geneva, Mexico City, Washington D.C. and Bonn. Initially she studied philosophy and German at the University of Konstanz in Germany, later switching to the University of Iowa, where she studied comparative literature and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Literary Translation in 1985. She spent twelve years in Berlin and today lives with her two children on a farm in south Sweden, where she runs Edition Rugerup, a small press she founded in 2006.
Margitt Lehbert’s publications include Les Murray: Übersetzungen aus der Natur; Gedichte, groß wie Photos (both Edition Rugerup), Traumbabwe (Ammann Verlag) and Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Regenbogen (Hanser Verlag); Elizabeth Bishop: Die Farben des Kartographen (Residenz Verlag); Paul Muldoon: Auf schmalen Pfaden durch den tiefen Norden (with Hans-Christian Oeser, Hanser Verlag); Carol Ann Duffy: Die Bauchrednerpuppe (Residenz Verlag); Don Coles: Die weißen Körper der Engel (Edition Rugerup); Robin Fulton: Grenzflug (Edition Rugerup). Into English her books include: Georg Trakl, The Poems of Georg Trakl (Anvil Press Poetry), Sarah Kirsch, Winter Music (Anvil Press Poetry) and Michael Augustin, Koslowski - 52 Pointers from Hearsay (Arc Press). Also a few novels into German and many contributions to literary and other magazines.