is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and social worker. She was born in Košice, eastern Slovakia, and now lives in the capital, Bratislava. After working for a women’s non-profit focusing on women’s rights she currently works for the NGO Against the Current, helping homeless people. She is the director of the Theatre With No Home, which works with homeless and disabled actors. Kovalyk has written six plays, two collections of short stories, Neverné ženy neznášajú vajíčka (Unfaithful Women Lay No Eggs, 2002) and Travesty šou (2004) as well as a novel, Žena zo sekáča (The Second-hand Woman 2008). Her latest novel, Krasojazdkyňa (The Equestrienne), published in 2013, was shortlisted for Slovakia’s most prestigious prize, the Anasoft Litera Award, and received the 2013 Bibliotéka Prize.
The English translation of The Equestrienne was published in August 2016 and The Night Circus and Other Stories in April 2019 (both by Parthian Books)
Short story Slow Walking Course BODY.Literature
Short story Sea Anemone in Words without Borders
Short story Apricot in The Missing Slate
Short story Lace in Two Lines online
Short story Red Shoes in Two Lines online
Short story Julia in SAND. Berlin’s English Literary Journal, Issue 14