Stanka Hrastelj/Slovenia, 1975
In 2001, Stanka Hrastelj (1975) was named Best Young Poet at the Urška festival of young Slovenian literature. In 2005, Goga published her poetry book Nizki toni (Low Notes), garnering her the Slovenian Book Fair Award for Best Debut. At the 2007 Slovenian Book Days in Maribor, Hrastelj competed in a poetry tournament and won the title of Poet Knight. In 2009, Študentska založba published her second book of poetry, Gospod, nekaj imamo za vas (We’ve Got Something for You, Mister), which put her on the shortlist for the annual Jenko Prize awarded by the Slovene Writers’ Association. Her debut novel Igranje(Play) won the Blue Bird Award for Best Unpublished Work of Literature. Hrastelj also translates poetry from Croatian and Serbian, writes afterwords, hosts literary readings and is an enthusiastic designer of unique clayware.