Ivan Dobnik/Slovenia, 1960
Ivan Dobnik was born on 23 August 1960 in Celje, currently he lives and works in Šmatevž in the Savinja Valley and Ljubljana. He is a poet, writer, essayist, critic and translator, and the initiator and editor of the literary magazine Poetikon. From 1988 to 1995 he was employed at the Bežigrad Library, after 1995 he has the status of an independent cultural worker. In 1998 - 2008 he was a member of the editorial board of the Apocalypse magazine. He has published fifteen collections of poetry, in 2004 he was nominated for the Veronika Prize for Poetry for his collection Zapreš svoje oči (Close Your Eyes), and his latest collection, Čajne pesmi (Tea Poems), was published in 2021. His poems have been translated into many languages. In 2019, he received the Arka Prize for the best book translated into Serbian.