Meta Kušar

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Meta Kušar was born in 1952 in Ljubljana where she still lives. She has six collections of poetry in print. Her poetry collection Ljubljana was translated into English in 2010 (by Ana Jelnikar & Stephen Watts), and into Serbian in 2011 (by Ivan Obrenov) and Polish in 2013 (by Katarina Šalamun-Biedrzycka & Miłosz Biedrzycki). She has also published a book of interviews with a range of prominent Slovene artists and a book of essays entitled What is Poetic or an Illegal Lesson, for which she received the best-book-of-essay 2012 award. Her poetry has also been translated into any number of languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Arabic. Her collection Vrt/Garden received the best poetry collection award for 2015, the Veronika Prize. Since 1980 she has regularly contributed to the Slovene National Radio and the RAI-Trieste with cultural and historical talks. Occasionally she writes film scripts and directs them and she has also directed a musical performance of her poetry, The Throne of Poetry, which was staged in Slovenia, Washington (1999) and London (2000).