Iztok Osojnik

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Iztok Osojnik
Born(1951-07-25)25 July 1951
Ljubljana, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia)
OccupationPoet and essayist
Notable worksKlesani kamni, Razgledice za Darjo
Notable awardsJenko Award
1996 for Klesani kamni
Veronika Award
1997 for Razgledice za Darjo

Iztok Osojnik (born 27 July 1951) is a Slovene poet and essayist. Between 1997 and 2004 he was the director of the Vilenica International Literary Festival organized by the Slovene Writers' Association.[1]

Osojnik was born in Ljubljana in 1951. He studied Comparative literature at the University of Ljubljana under the supervision of the literary historian and philosopher Dušan Pirjevec. In his college years he collaborated with the poet Jure Detela and sociologist Iztok Saksida in publishing their Podrealistični manifest (The Sub-realist Manifesto) in 1979 and later participated in the avantgarde group called Pisarna Aleph (Aleph Office).[2] Between 1980 and 1982 he continued his postgraduate studies at the Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. In 2000 he was the fellow of Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary English Writers and in 2001 the fellow of Goethe Institut in Berlin. Between 2002 and 2003 he visited the US on a Fulbright Fellowship.

He has published several collections of poetry. In 1996 he received the Jenko Award for his poetry collection Klesani kamni (Carved Stones).[3] His poems have been translated into English, German, French, Italian, Croatian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Malay, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.

He lives and works in Ljubljana.

Essential bibliography[edit]

  • Nasmeh Mone Lize ("Mona Lisa's Smile")
  • Temni julij ("Dark July")
  • Nekoč je bila Amerika ("Once upon a Time There Was America")
  • Iz Novega sveta ("From the New World")
  • Gospod Danes ("Mister Today")
  • Zgodba o Dušanu Pirjevcu in meni ("The Story of Dušan Pirjevec and Myself")
  • Spleen Berlina ("The Spleen of Berlin")

Works in English[edit]

  • Alluminations (2000)
  • And Some Things Happen for the first Time (2001)
  • New and selected poems (2010)
  • Elsewhere (2011)


  1. ^ "Slovene Writers' Association site". Slovene writers' portal (in Slovenian). DSP Slovene Writers' Association. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  2. ^ University of Vienna site, Literatur im Kontext Archived 2012-12-03 at Archive.today
  3. ^ Maribor Public Library site The Jenko Award Laureates