Nataša Velikonja/Slovenia, 1967
Nataša Velikonja (1967, Slovenia) is a sociologist, poet, essayist, and translator. She has published seven collections of poetry, and her first collection, Season's Ticket (Abonma, 1994), is considered the first declared lesbian poetry collection in Slovenia. She is also the author of six books of essays and scientific treatises, and has published more than 500 essays, columns and sociological texts in various media, book collections and various publications both at home and abroad. A former member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Critique of Science, she has also served as editor of the Lesbo magazine, a columnist of Radio Študent, and has been a lesbian activist since 1993. She is the founder of the Lesbian Library and Archive at AKC Metelkova and a member of the Slovene Writers' Association. In 2016 she received the Župančič Prize, and in 2018 the Kons International Literary Award.