Sebastijan Pregelj was born in 1970 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He earned a degree in history from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana. The writer started publishing his stories in various literary journals in 1991. He has authored four collections of prose: Burkači, skrunilci in krivoprisežniki (Buffoons, Defilers, and Perjurers, 1996), Cirilina roža(Cirila’s Flower, 1999), Svinje brez biserov (Swine without the Pearls, 2002), and Prebujanja (Awakenings, 2011), as well as three novels: Leta milosti (Years of Grace, 2004), Na terasi babilonskega stolpa (On a Terrace of the Tower of Babel, 2008), and Mož, ki je jahal tigra (The Man Who Rode a Tiger, 2010), all of which were short-listed for the Kresnik Literary Prize for the best Slovenian novel of the year. He also published a literary guide entitledLiterarne poti Ljubljane in collaboration with Gašper Troha and translated it into English (Ljubljana Literary Trail) the following year. Many of his stories have been published in a number of anthologies and translated into English, German, Polish, and Slovak. He is a member of the Slovene Writers’ Association, and lives and works in Ljubljana.
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Aldo Žerjal was born in 1957 in Postojna, Slovenia. He went to primary school in Pliskovica and Dutovlje and graduated from the Vocational Secondary School for Carpentry in Nova Gorica, after which he found work at the Krasoprema Furniture Factory in Dutovlje. He is a poet, who began to publish his literary pieces at the end of the 1970s. Since then, we can find his poetry in the majority of the Slovene literary magazines, such us Mentor, Sodobnost, Problemi, andDialogi; journals, and other literature-publishing media. To date he has published six individual collections of poetry: Obrobljena noč (Outlined Night, 1982), Po pikapolonici (After the Ladybug, 1989), Vzpostavljeni stavki (Established Sentences, 1995), Glasbajala (Voicemusic, 2000), Smrtne razlike (Mortal Differences, 2005), and Izzabranja (Behindthereading, 2009). His selected poetry has also been published in the three-lingual collection by six Slovene poets and poetesses, V skrivne samopoti / On a secret solitary path / Per strade segrete e individuali (1998). The accolades he received for his literary work include the Zlata ptica award (1983) and the Srečko Kosovel plaque (2001). He lives and works in Pliskovica.