Tomaž Šalamun is a Slovenian poet, born in 1941 in Zagreb, Croatia, and considered to be one of the great postwar Central European poets. Šalamun has taught at the Universities of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh and Richmond, and was invited to be member of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 1971. He spent several years as Cultural Attaché to the Slovenian Consulate in New York. Nine of his books of poetry have been published in English, the latest being The Book for My Brother (2006), Poker (2003, 2008), Row (2006), and Woods and Chalices (2008). His books have appeared in nineteen languages. In 2007, Šalamun received the European Prize in Münster in Germany. His latest collection of poety is entitled There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair (2009).

He has two books translated into Macedonian: Amber (2004) and Glagoli na sonceto (2008). In 1993 he received New Macedonia Prize.