Asko Künnap was born in 1971 in Tartu, Estonia, graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts as an industrial and graphic designer and subsequently studied interior design at Oslo Art Academy in Norway. He has had two books of poems published: In Defence of Coincidences, a combination of his third graphic art exhibition catalogue and poetry book in 2001, and And the Lizards Replied, a poetry book in the form of a handbook of typography.
The art director of a Tallinn-based creative design studio and ad agency Rakett (The Rocket), he is an illustrator, designs books, board games and CD covers and runs a alternative micropublishing house, Näo Kirik (The Face Church), as well as writing poetry. He has participated in international poetry events and readings and won numerous awards for his design and art direction work. His poems have been translated into English, Finnish, Slovenian and Norwegian.