Milko Valent (Zagreb 1948) graduated in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. He is a prose-writer, playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, polemicist, and theater critic, having contributed to about a hundred reviews, magazines and newspapers, as well as a number of radio programs and a number of internet portals. He performs all over the country and abroad with recitals, lectures, performances and provocative talks. His work has been included in numerous anthologies, collective surveys and selections of poetry, prose, essays, and plays.
Valent was awarded the third Marin Držić Prize for the play Naked Europe in 2000, and the first Marin Držić Prize for Ground Zero Aleksandra in 2002. He also was awarded the Vladimir Nazor Award for the novel Artificial Tears in 2014. He has been a member of the Croatian Philosophical Association since 1976, the Croatian Writers’ Association since 1981, the Croatian PEN Centre since 1992, the Croatian Centre of ITI-UNESCO since 1995, and the Croatian Writers Society since 2002.