Gunnar Harding (born 1940) started as a jazz musician, studied painting in Stockholm, and made his literary debut in 1967. He has published – in addition to translations and non-fiction – sixteen volumes of poetry. He was co-editor of the prestigious Swedish literary quarterly ARTES and of the English-language annual ARTES International. In 1992 he was awarded the Bellman Prize by the Swedish Academy; 1993 saw the publication of a comprehensive selection of his poetry, covering the years 1969-1990. In 1995 he was awarded Svenska Dagbladets Literature Prize in recognition of his important role in Sweden’s literary life since the 1960s, and in 2001 he won the prestigious Övralid Prize.