Aleš ŠTEGER (Slovenia) is a poet and prose writer who has published seven books of poems, three novels and two collections of essays. He has received the title Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from France and is a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature. He has earned the International Bienek Prize for Poetry, the Petrarch Prize for Young European Authors, the Veronika Award and the Rožanc Award. His works have been translated into fifteen languages, such as Chinese, Czech, Croatian, German, Hungarian, Spanish, etc. Šteger is also a visual artist; his installations have appeared at the International Kochi-Muziris Arts Biennale in India. He has collaborated with musicians and film directors.