Milan Dekleva (1946) graduated from Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. He is the first to have published a collection of haiku in Slovenia – Mushi mushi (1971). This was followed by a number of other poetry collections, translations, plays and essays. Dekleva has written several poetry collections for adults, while also publishing poetry, plays and prose fiction for children. In addition to his intensive literary work he has also been a co-editor of the student magazine Tribuna, a co-editor of Radio Študent, on the staff of the Student Cultural Center, and a member of the Salamander music group. Although he also writes novels, short stories and essays, he is best known as a poet.