born in Bratislava in 1959, has been active in P.E.N. International since 1993 – ten years as a Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee and since 2000 three times elected President of the Slovakian P.E.N. Centre. During his stay at the Oklahoma University with an ArtsLink grant he wrote a study about »Writers and Politics«. The internationally recognized author has participated in many international conferences. Murín lives in Bratislava.