Irma Marija Ana Ožbalt was born in the town of Žužemberk, Slovenia. After having graduated in English and Slovenian literature from The University of Ljubljana in mid-1950s, she moved to Australia and finally settled in Montreal, Canada. In 1978, she received a Ph.D. in English from McGill University, Montreal. She teaches English as a second language at the Public Service Commission of Canada-Montreal Language Training Centre. In addition to her translations from and into Slovenian, she writes short stories in both English and Slovenian.