These pictures are of the poets featured on my “Translations” page, in the order in which they appear there.
Anna Akhmatova
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Born Anna Andreyevna Gorenko near Odessa, 1989. Nominated for Nobel prize, 1965. Knew most of the famous writers and artists of her time. For a short time experienced the Siege of Leningrad, and wrote “To the Inhabitants of London” in 1940. Died 1966.
Jožica Čertov-Druml
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Born in Slovenji Plajperk/Windisch Bleiberg; married to a well-known Beljak/Villach lawyer. They live in Bistrica na Zilji/Feistritz an der Gail, in the 500-year old “Old Post Office”, see Book of poetry, 1985: Pesmi iz listja.
Milka Hartman
Born 1902 in Libuče/Loibach. Peripatetic instructor of domestic arts in Carinthia. Three books of poetry in Literary Slovenian, 1934, 1952, 1972; one book of dialect poetry, 1977. Wrote  music for many of her poems, some of which are still sung by Carinthian choirs. Unfortunately, I visited her when her dementia was already advanced. She died in 1977.
Maja Haderlap
Born in Lepena/Leppen in 1961. She studied in Vienna, and worked as production assistant in Trst/Triesta and Ljubljana, and for 16 tears was dramaturge at Celovec/Klagenfurt city theatre lecturer, Universität Klagenfurt. Four books of poetry, three of prose: many awards, including the Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize for her novel Engel des Vergessens. Thias photograph is from the annual St. Urh festival in Sele.
Janko Messner
Born in Dob/Aich in 1921. He studied and taught in Ljubljana and returned to Carinthia in 1955; and taught at the State Bilingual Gimnazija until he retired. I visited him several times, and listened to his advice about my translations at his home in Osojnice. He ‘marched to his own drum’ and wrote prose, drama, and poetry, much of it politically-oriented. He died in 2011.
Gustav Januš
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Born 1939 in Sele, known as an artist and translator as well as a poet. Lives in Šentjakob v Rožu/Skt.-Jakob im Rosental. Eight volumes of poetry, 8 awards.
Francè Prešeren
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Born in Vrba, near Kranj in 1800 and died in Kranj in 1849. He is acknowledged as the greatest classical Slovenian poet; he inspired all later poets with his broad understanding of poetic form (he wrote the first Slovenian ballad, the first Slovenian epic poem) and his grasp of lyricism. He died a bitter and tragic death. He has been translated into about 20 languages.
With Klaus Detlef Olof at Prešeren’s grave in Kranj, 2000.
Miklavž Komelj
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Born 1973 in Kranj. Seven collections od poetry, three major awards.
Kajetan Kovič
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Born 1951, Maribor; died 2014, Lubljana. One of Slovenia’s most prominent and well-known poets. Numerous collections of poetry and books for adults and children. Major awards.
Francè Balantič
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Born 1921, died in 1943 fighting on the side of the anti-Partisan ‘Home Guard’. His work was banned in Communist Slovenia but he was rehabilitated in the late 1980s.
Pavel Golia
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Born in 1887; served as an officer in World War One, then became a journalist and dramaturge in Ljubljana; died 1959. Wrote poetry for 40 years and numerous plays, especially for children.
Cvetka Lipuš
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Born in 1966 in Bad Eisenkappel/Železna Kapla, Austria and studied at the Universities of Ljubljana, Vienna and Klagenfurt. She lived in the USA 1995-2009 and studied at the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Salzburg, Austria, in 2009. She published seven collections of poetry in Slovenia, and five of these have been published in book form in German translation. She received the Carinthian Provincial Literature Prize; a grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture; the Austrian State Grant for Literature; and most recently the Prešeren Fund Award (Slovenia), 2016.She was nominated for the Veronika Prize (awarded in Slovenia yearly for the best published book of poetry) in 2008 and in 2015.