A poet, essayist and reviewer. She was born in 1963. She graduated with a degree in Polish language studies from the University of Warsaw. Her poems have been published in many newspapers and magazines, including Dekada Literacka, Kresy, Odra, Zeszyty Literackie and Tygodnik Powszechny. She has also published two novels: Akhmatova, or a Woman [Achmatowa, czyli kobieta] in 2003, and The Skate Track [Ślad łyżwy] – a lyrical novel inspired by the life and works of Georg Trakl – in 2007. Both of these novels have won awards. Piwkowska has also made numerous radio and TV broadcasts, and was an actress of the Grand Theatre and Teatr na Woli in Warsaw. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kolberger, for whom she wrote lyrics and the prologue for the opera Poverty Made Happy [Nędza uszczęśliwiona].
She debuted as a poet in 1989 with the volume Szkicownik [Sketchbook], which was followed by eight other volumes. Her volume Po [After] (2002) received the Distinction of the Kościelscy Foundation, and Farbiarka [The Dyer] (2009) received the Warsaw Literary Prize. Her most recent poetic volume Lustrzanka [The Reflex Camera] was published in 2012. Her books have been translated into English, German, Russian and Slovenian. She received a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art and the Polish Library in Paris. She is a member of the Polish Writers’ Association and a teacher in the private middle school in the Bednarska Complex of Schools in Warsaw.