Isabel Balla was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1898. Her first volume of poetry, published in Hungary, radiated a sense of love and joie de vivre. She and her husband survived the ensuing Holocaust in their country, but many of her family members were victims of the catastrophe, and this tragedy drastically altered the tone of her writing. In 1954 she moved with her husband to Argentina, where their two children had been sent. There she immersed herself in many literary and cultural activities and published works both in Spanish and Hungarian. Her poetry and critical articles appeared in Canada and Israel, as well as Argentina.