Milan Šelj

Photo: Peter Uhan

Poet, translator and publicist, graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 1985 (Comparative Literature and Sociology). Milan has been living and working in London since 1992. He is a co-author of a satirical epistolary novel Spolitika (published by Cankarjeva založba in 1999). His first collection of poetry Darilo was published by ŠKUC-Lambda in 2006. Critically well received, it was described as one of the most explicitly homoerotic poetry books in Slovenia thus far. His second poetry collection Kristali soli (ŠKUC-Lambda) followed in 2010, Gradim gradove in 2015 and his fourth collection Slediti neizgovorjenemu in 2018 (both published by ŠKUC-Lambda).

Milan is one of several correspondents in a book of testimonies Drugačna razmerja (Mladinska knjiga, 2010). A selection of his poems for children was published by the project Tudi pesnik je zaklad in 2012. His poems in a Hebrew translation were published in an anthology Cavafy’s Sons and Grandsons in Israel in 2015. A substantial selection of his poems in Italian translation are in the Magazine Fili d’aquilone (2017).

Milan attended a translation workshop in Dane near Sežana in 2007. This resulted in contributions of several translations for Anthology of Contemporary European Gay Poetry, Moral bi spet priti (ŠKUC-Lambda, 2009) and Anthology of Contemporary European Lesbian Poetry, Brez besed ji sledim (ŠKUC-Lambda, 2016).

He was invited by the University of Nottingham in the UK to participate in a translation workshop for Slovenian language students. Participating in a similar workshop in 2017, he presented his poetry at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London.

Milan is currently preparing an illustrated book of poetry for children. His fourth collection of poetry Slediti neizgovorjenemu (Tracing the Unspoken) will be published in his English translation.