Barbara Korun, born in Ljubljana in 1963, received the Slovenian Book Fair Prize for Best Poetry Debut in 1999 for her first book of poetry, »Ostrina miline« (The Sharpness of Mildness). Her fourth book »Pridem takoj« (I'll be right back) was awarded the Veronika Prize for Poetry in 2011, as the best poetry book of the year, and received the »Golden Bird« for outstanding achievement in literature.

She may be considered one of Slovenia's most prolific poets: Her poems are full of biting mockery of the conventions of bureaucratic language, whether at border crossings or in the ubiquitous shop talk at poetry festivals.