Ida Vitale was born in Montevideo in 1923. She studied humanities at the University of the Republic, and taught literature in high schools and universities. Her writing received early recognition from the Spanish Nobel laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez, and she played a prominent role in the groundbreaking "Generation of 1945," an influential group of Uruguayan artists, writers and intellectuals. When the military junta seized power in 1973, Vitale was forced to seek political asylum in Mexico City. She remained in exile there for eleven years, before moving to Austin, Texas, where she resides today.