* 17.07.1970, Bratislava, Словакия Место жительства: Bratislava, Словакия
Martin Solotruk was born in 1970 in Bratislava and obtained an MA in English and Slovak, and a PhD on American Poetry from the Comenius University, Bratislava, where he now teaches.
His first book of poetry, Tiché vojny (Silent Wars), won the Slovak Literary Fund Best Debut Award in 1997, and his second collection, Mletie, was published in 2001. Solotruk combines in his poems his socialist youth with the vividness of his grandparents’ vineyards and a strong sense of the Slavonic Byzantine heritage.
He is also known as a translator, and his translations of the poetry of, among others, Ted Hughes, John Ashbery, Seamus Heaney and Charles Simic have appeared in book form and in magazines in Slovakia.
He is also a Director of Ars Poetica International, a poetry festival and publishing house (www.arspoetica.sk).