Petr Borkovec was born in 1970. A prize-winning author of six collections of poetry and a translator, he is the editor of Rukopis (Manuscript), a journal of writing and translation, and the contributing editor of the cultural journal Souvislosti (Connections). His poems have been translated into many languages, including selected poems in Italian and collections Field Work and Needlebook, a book of essays and a book of short texts in German.
Borkovec has translated Russian twentieth-century poetry and has collaborated on translations of contemporary Hungarian poetry, classical Korean poetry and the classical Greek dramas Oedipus Rex and Oresteia. His selected poems came out in 2006.