17 October 1946|
Ljubljana, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia)
|Occupation||Poet, writer, playwright, composer, journalist|
|Notable works||Mushi mushi, Zapriseženi prah, Zmagoslavje podgan|
|Notable awards||Rožanc Award
1999 for Gnezda in katedrale
2003 for V živi zob
2006 for his lifetime literary work
2006 Zmagoslavje podgan
2008 for Audrey Hepburn, slišiš metlo budističnega učenca?
Dekleva was born in Ljubljana in 1946. He graduated in comparative literature from the University of Ljubljana and works as a journalist. He is best known for his poetry and has published over twenty peorty collections, a number of novels and collections of short stories. He was the first poet to publish haiku in Slovene (Mushi mushi, 1971). Many of his poems deal with the modern human condition in the absence of God.
He received a number of awards including the Prešeren Foundation Award in 1989 for his poetry collection Zapriseženi prah, the Grand Prešeren Award in 2006 for his lifetime poetry and writing work  and the Kresnik Award for his novel Zmagoslavje podgan (The Triumph of the Rats), also in 2006. He won the Veronika Award twice, in 2003 for his poetry collection V živi zob and again in 2008 for Audrey Hepburn, slišiš metlo budističnega učenca?.
- Mushi mushi, (1971)
- Dopisovanja, (1978)
- Nagovarjanja, (1979)
- Narečje telesa, (1984)
- Zaprišeženi prah, (1987)
- Odjedanje božjega, (1988)
- Panični človek, (1990)
- Preseženi človek: izreki, (1992)
- Kvantaški stihi, (1994)
- Šepavi soneti, (1995)
- Jezikava rapsodija; Improvizacija na neznano temo, (1996)
- Glej medenico cvetne čaše, kako se razpira, (2001)
- Sosledja, (2001)
- V živi zob, (2003)
- Igra na vrhu, (1993)
- Oko v zraku (Eye in the Sky), novel, (1997)
- Pimlico, novel, (1998)
- Reševalec ptic (Bird Saviour), short stories (1999)
- Zmagoslavje podgan (The Triumph of Rats), novel, (2005)
- Izkušnje z daljavo (Experience of Distance), short stories, (2006)
- "Slovene Writers' Association site". Slovene writers' portal (in Slovenian). DSP Slovene Writers' Association. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- "University of Vienna site". Literatur im Kontext. University of Vienna. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Milan Dekleva at the Frankrurt Book Fair, flyer published by the Slovenian Book Agency
- Slovenian Ministry of Culture, complete list of Prešeren Foundation Awards recipients
- Slovenian Ministry of Culture, complete list of the Grand Prešeren Awards recipients
- "Slovene Writers' Association site". Slovene writers' portal: Kresnik Award (in Slovenian). DSP Slovene Writers' Association. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
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