She was born in northwest Bulgaria and was educated at a Lycée française in Vratsa, at the State Institute of Library Studies in Sofia and at the Slavic philology department of Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski. She worked for two years at the regional library in Shoumen. In 1990, she helped found the first independent literary journal in Bulgaria Ah, Maria and continued on as part of its editorial team. From 1994 to 1998, she worked for the Paradox publishing house. As of early 2015, she was living in Sofia.
Mihaylova has translated more than 30 books into Bulgarian, both poetry and prose, by authors such as Georges Bataille, Jean Genet, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Sylvie Germain and Alexis Jenni; she has also published anthologies of Lithuanian and Latvian poetry. She has published five books of her own poems in Bulgarian and her poems have been published in translation in 13 European languages, as well as in Turkish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
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