Kurt F. Svatek, born in 1949 in Vienna, has published 56 books (poetry, limericks, aphorisms, essays, short stories, haikus, and one novel), several papers on aspects of philology and one schoolbook. His texts were featured in numerous magazines and anthologies and translated into all important languages. He has been awarded honors, prizes and distinctions (a total of 154) by 16 states, has been repeatedly proposed for the Nobel Prize in Literature and Peace by proponents from India and China and voted the best international poet of the year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012) by several literary periodicals. He is honorary professor, honorary doctor of literature, member or corresponding member of numerous academies as well as member of a wide variety of Austrian and foreign literary associations, e.g. International PEN (Treasurer of the Austrian and Lower Austrian P.E.N. or of The Cove/Rincón International). A symposium on his works was held in Bangalore (India) in 2009.