István Turczi, born 1957, is a widely published poet, fiction writer and translator. He holds a PhD, and is a university lecturer on creative writing and contemporary literature in Hungary and Eastern Europe. Founder and editor of Parnassus poetry journal and Parnassus Books poetry series, publishing the writings of today’s most active poets, as well as poetry translated from other languages. Vice-president of Hungarian P.E.N. Club. Board member and chairman of poets’ section in the Hungarian Writers’ Association. He has published 12 volumes of poetry, 3 novels and some books of translation from English, American, Australian and Finnish literature. His work has been acknowledged by prizes like International Poetry Award in Warsaw 2004, Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Republic in 2004, and the highest literary award “József Attila” Prize 2006.