Josip Osti, poet, novelist, essayist, literary critic, anthologist, translator, and editor, was born in 1945 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has published over 40 books of poetry, several novels, numerous books of essays and literary criticism, journalistic texts, and 14 anthologies of Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Slovenian poetry and prose. He has translated over 100 books of Slovenian poetry and prose, as well as 17 plays into Serbo-Croatian and Croatian/Bosnian. He is a recipient of many literary and translation prizes whose works have appeared in over 80 translations into other languages. Most recently, his novel Black, Which Consumed All Other Colors (Črna, ki je pogoltnila vse druge barve), won the 2018 Pont International Book Award. Osti has lived in Slovenia since 1990.