Ivo Svetina

Slovenia, 1948

Ivo Svetina

Ivo Svetina (1948, Slovenia) is a poet, playwright, essayist and translator. He worked as a dramaturg and Programme Editor at RTV Slovenia and as a dramaturg and Artistic Director at Slovensko mladinsko gledališče (Mladinsko Theatre). He was State Undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Director of the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana. Ivo Svetina has been President of the Slovene Writers’ Association since December 2014 till June 2018 and is a member of the Slovene PEN Centre. He has published 20 poetry books, written several plays, children’s stories, as well as essays on poetry, theatre and drama, and received several prizes and honourable mentions for his literary work, including the Zlata Ptica Award, the Prešeren Fund Award, three Slavko Grum Awards, Veronika's Award and Jenko's Award.