The prose writer Inga Zolude was born in 1984 and received her master’s degree in English from the University of Latvia. She studied English literature at Southern Illinois University through the Fulbright Program and worked as a project coordinator and manager in the field of culture and education. She is currently studying for her doctorate at the University of Latvia. She has been a member of the Writers’ Union in Latvia since 2010. Zolude has had her works published in various periodicals, and her debut novel, Silta zeme (Warm Earth) was published in 2008. She regularly reviews works by Latvian and foreign authors. She has also translated poetry by Philip Larkin and Robert Crawford, among others. She received a special award from the cultural magazine Rīgas Laiks (Riga Times) in 2007. She has taken part in many literary and cultural projects and has received several grants, including the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Baltic Sleipnir Grant.
Recently, the new novel Red Children (Sarkanie bērni) has won Inga Zolude, both - the annual prize of the Writers' Union of Latvia and philanthropist and entrepreneur Raimonds Gerkens' year 2011 novel constest prize. Red Children have been published in Latvia in March 2012 by Dienas Gramata.
Inga Zolude has also turned to playwriting. Her stories and excerpts from novel Warm Earth have been translated and published in anthologies in English, German, French, Swedish, Polish, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Czech and other languages. Short story collection A solance to the Adam's Tree is going to be translated in Hungarian, Czech and Bulgarian.
While engaged in writing criticism full time, Inga Zolude is also in process of completing hers PhD in literary studies.