Born in 1936, Lars Gustafsson is one of the most prolific Swedish writers since August Strindberg. Since the late 1950s he has produced a voluminous flow of poetry, novels, short stories, critical essays and editorials. He taught Philosophy and Creative Writing at the University of Texas from 1982 until his retirement in 2006 and he is one of the few Swedish writers to have gained international recognition – with major literary awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry in 1994 and a Nobel nomination. Translated into fifteen languages, Gustafsson appeared at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 2010 with his English translator John Irons who has been professionally translating poetry – mainly from Dutch and the Scandinavian languages – for 20 years.
– from Naomi Jaffa’s introduction in MPT 3/14 Polyphony