Peter Semolič is the leading voice of the youngest generation of Slovenian poets. Although rooted in tradition he started a new trend called “The New Simplicity” by Slovenian literary critics. His transparent and easy to follow poems usually contain seemingly innocent images that quickly open up into a whirl of strong emotions, profound meaning or even wisdom. The flow of his poetry is reminiscent of a big river, silent, seemingly motionless but incredible powerful. All this has made him a major influence on other Slovenian poets at the moment.
Semolič, who was born in Ljubljana in 1967, studied general linguistics and cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana. He is the author of six books of poetry: Tamarisk (1991), The Roses of Byzantium (1994), House Made of Words (1996), Circles Upon the Water (2000), Questions About the Path (2001) and Border (2002). He received many prizes for his work, including the two most eminent awards in Slovenia, Jenko's Poetry Prize and the Prešeren Prize (the National Award for Literature and Arts). In 1998 he also won the Vilenica Crystal Award. In addition, Peter Semolič writes radio plays, children’s literature and translates from English, French, Serbian and Croatian. His poetry has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, English, German, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian.