Aleš Šteger (1973) is a poet, novelist, essayist, editor, translator and literary critic. He belongs to a generation of writers that started to publish right after the fall of Yugoslavia. His first poetry collection, Chessboards of Hours (Šahovnice ur, 1995), sold out in three weeks after publication and heralded a new generation of Slovenian artists and writers. Šteger’s books have been translated into almost 20 languages and his poems appeared in internationally renowned magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TLS and many others. Among other prizes and honours, the English translation of his Knjiga reči (The Book of Things, BOA Editions; 2010) won two major U. S. translation awards (BTBA Award and AATSEL). He is also the recipient of the title Chevalier dans le ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French State and a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He is the co-founder of Beletrina Academic Press and the initiator and programme director of the Days of Poetry and Wine international poetry festival.
- “Simply one of the most enjoyable poets to read in Europe right now, Aleš Šteger is a cultivated and often brilliant poet. He maintains an air of philosophical sophistication while imbuing his work with a laconic nature and aberrant minimalism that makes it distinct and vidid in the memory. A leading light in the rich Slovenian poetry community.” 3:AM Magazine, Maintenant #45
Awards and nominations
- Veronika Award for best poetry collection 1998
- Rožanc Award for best essay 2008
- Best Translation Book Award (BTBA) Award 2011
- AATSEL Award 2011
- Longlisted for the Kresnik Award 2015