Martin Solotruk was born in Bratislava in 1970. He graduated in English and American studies and in Slovak literature at Comenius University, Bratislava, where he now teaches, after spending some years in television and advertising.
He has studied in the Azusa Pacific University, California, and the University of Warwick, UK.
Solotruk's first book of poetry Tiché vojny (Silent Wars) (1997) won the Slovak Literary Fund Best Debut Award. It was followed by Mletie (Grinding) (2001), Plankton of Gravity (2006), and Lovestory: Agens apaciens (2007).
His poems appeared in several anthologies in Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, and the US, including A Fine Line: New Poetry From Eastern and Central Europe (Arc Publications, 2004) and New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008).
Solotruk has read at festivals and events in numerous cities, including London, Vienna, Cracow, Berlin, Genova, Dublin, St. Andrews, Taipei, Firenze, Cartagena des Indias, San Jose, and elsewhere. He also translates poetry from English. His award winning book selections include works of Charles Simic, John Ashbery, and Ted Hughes. For his translation of Ted Hughes' Crow he won the 2007 prize for the best artistic translation.
He is also a Director of Ars Poetica International, a poetry festival and publishing house (www.arspoetica.sk)