Maruša Krese was born in 1947 in Ljubljana. She was a writer, journalist, humanitarian worker and reporter. She studied literature, art history and psychotherapy in Ljubljana, London, and Utrecht. From 1975 to 1989 she worked as a psychotherapist in Ljubljana, London and Tübingen. From 1990 to 1991 she was the Berlin correspondent for Slovenian radio. She was a member of PEN Center, Germany since 1998. She was the author of 7 collections of poetry and 2 collection of short stories. In 1997 she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her humanitarian efforts in the Bosnian war. In 2005 she received a grant from the city of Graz (City-Writer of Graz).
In 2012 Krese was the writer in residence with Translators' House Wales, during which she worked with Menna Wyn of Bangor University on a translation of Krese's Vsi Moji Božiči (Mladinska knjiga Založba, 2006; All My Christmases) into Welsh. She also collaborated with creative writing students at the University who translated her work into Welsh as an exercise to develop their creative writing skills.