Boris Novak (born in Belgrade in 1953) is a Slovene poet, translator, and essayist. He is a Professor at the Department for Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana and a Vice-president of International PEN. So far Novak has published 12 volumes of poems. Some of them are: Glowing (Žarenje), 2003; Rites of Valediction (Obredi slovesa), 2005; The Linen Made of Palms – selected poems (Dlaneno platno – izbrane pesmi) He has also published handbooks of poetic forms Forms of the World (Oblike sveta), 1991, and Forms of the Heart (Oblike srca), 1997. The book editions of his poems were published in the U. S. A., France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovakia, and Macedonia .