Meta Kušar, poet and essayist, was born in Ljubljana in 1952. With four collections of poetry in print and with many poems in anthologies and literary magazines, she is one of Slovenia's most popular and successful women poets. Her latest collection Jaspis (Jasper) was published by Apokalipsa in 2008 and a selection has since been translated into German. Ljubljana was tranlated into Slovak in 2008. Her most recent publication is a book of interviews with a range of prominent Slovene artists she has interviewed over the last decade. Since 1980 she has regularly contributed to the Slovene National Radio and the RAI-Trieste with cultural and historical talks. Occasionally she writes film scripts and directs them and she has also directed a musical performance of her poetry, The Throne of Poetry, which was staged in Slovenia, Washington (1991) and London (2000).