Irena Vrkljan was born in 1930 in Belgrade. She is a Croatian-German writer.
Irena Vrkljan grew up in Zagreb. In the 1950s she started publishing her works in the former Yugoslavia. She also worked for television. In 1966 she began her studies at the West Berlin film school. Since the late 1960s, she is a freelance writer in Berlin and Zagreb. She is married to the Berlin writer Benno Meyer-Wehlack.
In Croatia Irena Vrkljan received several important literary awards.