Ingela Strandberg grew up in a smallholder community and trained as journalist. She made her debut in 1973 with the children's book Tomas får en vän. The year after, she published her first novel Flickebarn and in 1975 the poetry collection Visor i vinden, which was followed by the short story collection I kvinnorum, 1977.
She had her breakthrough with the romantic novel Mannen som trodde att han var Fritiof Andersson, 1983. In the poetry collections Ett rum för natten, 1984, Genom brunnarna till havet, 1987, and Väg 153, 1991, her themes are restlessness and repose and feelings of security and of alienation. Her other works are Blues för snöigt landskap (P), 1994, Blank päls och starka tassar (N), 1995, and Lyssnaren (P), 1997.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Ingela Strandberg has published the poetry collections Lilla svarta hjärta, 1999, Häger på Stockholms central, 2002, Bäste Herr Thoreau!, 2008, and En för att stanna, en för att gå, 2011, as well as the novel En indian i Seattle, 2000.
She is the recipient of a number of awards, including Doblougska-prisen 2009.