Milko Valent was born on July 6, 1948, in Zagreb. He graduated in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. He is a writer (prose-writer, playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, polemicist, and theater critic). He has been a contributor 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. He is included in numerous anthologies, collective surveys and selections of poetry, prose, essays, and plays. Some of his work has been translated into Slovenian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Ruthenian, Russian, Bulgarian, Italian, Esperanto, Polish, French, German, and English. Also his book Gentle Palissander (prose) was translated into German (Der zarte Palisander); his drama Naked Europe, the first part of the drama trilogy Zero, was translated into French (L’Europe nue), Polish, end into Hungarian (Goła Europa); his novel PlayStation, Honey was translated into Macedonian; his radio plays Ink in the Eye and Neon Edges were translated into English, as well as his short stories The Girl and Her Bicycle and Jazz for Aisha and plays Naked Europe, Wild Apples Bordello, and Ground Zero Aleksandra. He was awarded the third Marin Držić Prize for the play Naked Europe in 2000, and the first Marin Držić Prize for the play Ground Zero Aleksandra in 2002. He also was awarded the Vladimir Nazor Prize 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.