Milan Jesih/Slovenia, 1950
Milan Jesih (1950) is primarily a poet, but as an author and translator he is also exceedingly involved in the world of theatre and radio. From 2009 to 2011, he served as President of the Slovene Writers' Association. He has published 15 collections of poetry, more than 20 of his plays have been staged and as many radio plays have been broadcast. He has translated the core works of world literature – Shakespeare, Chekhov, Gogol, Babel, Kleist, etc. He has received all the most important domestic literary prizes for his poetry, including the Jenko Prize for his collections Soneti (Sonnets, 1991) and Iambs (Jambi, 2001), the Veronika Prize for the collection Iambs (Jambi, 2001), and the Prešeren Prize for the collection Usta (Mouth) and his dramas (2002), as well as the Gold Coin of Poetry for his poetic body of work, his creative contribution to the Slovenian culture and literature, and for the sophistication of his poetic language (2021).