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Iztok Osojnik

Iztok Osojnik, born 1951 in Ljubljana, is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, literary scientist, philosopher, anthropologist, mountain climber, painter, world traveller and literary translator. He graduated in Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana (1977), finished postgraduate studies at Osaka Gaidai University (1980–1982), and in 2011 earned his PhD in historical anthropology at the University of Koper.

He is a former art director of the International Literary Festival Vilenica. He initiated a series of artistic movements: together with Iztok Saksida and Jure Detela he founded anarchist underrealist movement and wrote an Sous-realist Manifesto (Podrealistični manifest); started an artistic Garbage Art (Kyoto), musical projects, (Papa Kinjal Band, Hydrogism) and series of important artistic institutions and festivals (Gallery Equrna, Trnovo triplets, Dialogues at Villa Herberstein Velenje, Vilenica, Review within a Review, Miklavž Ocepek Symposia, The Golden Boat, etc.). He is also a founding member of artistic musical-literary group IGNOR.

Photo by Bruno Bielecki

He published over 30 poetry collections – recent ones being Kosovel and Seven Dwarfs (2015), Hamlet (2016), L for Brooklyn (2018) and Udovic (2019); novels The Ten of Hearts (1992), Melinda Podgorny (1998), The Story of Dušan Pirjevec and me (1999), Dark Matter (2005), Pigs Flying into the Sky (2012), and New York Trilogy (2019); three volumes of essays on literature, anthropology, and philosophy The Smile of Mona Lisa (2005), Homo politicus (2006); and Symposia (2015); and scientific monograpny Twilight of Sovereignty (2013). He regularly publishes papers on literary science, philosophy and political theory in Slovenian and international scientific journals and collections. His work has been translated into over 25 languages.

He published four books of poetry in English: Alluminations (City Gallery of Arts of Ljubljana), a collection of poetry And Some Things Happen for the First Time (Modry Peter, Canada 2001), Mister Today (Jacaranda Press, California 2004), New and Selected Poems (Sampark, New Delhi 2010), and Elsewhere (Pighog Press, Brighton, UK 2011). He runs the Golden Boat International Poetry Translation Workshop in Škocjan, Vermont College Summer Residence in Slovenia and various other programmes. His poems and essays were translated and published in 25 languages. He was awarded several national awards (Župančič Award, 1992; Jenko Award, 1997; Veronika Award, 1998) and international literary awards (the International Literary Award KONS, 2011; the Italian Poetry Award of Friuli – Venezia Giulia, in 2002, and the Croatian Lucić Award, in 2004).

PODCAST: Iztok Osojnik. Pogovarja se Franci Kapler. 18. 5. 2016. (on-line) (Slovene)

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