Vasko Popa was born on July 29, 1922, in Grebenac, a village near Bela Crkva in the Banat region of Yugoslavia. He studied literature at the universities of Belgrade, Bucharest, and Vienna and was graduated from Belgrade in 1949. He settled in Belgrade, working as an editor in various publishing houses, chiefly Nolit, one of the largest publishers in Yugoslavia, from which he retired in 1982. Popa began to publish poetry in 1951, and his first book appeared in 1953. He has traveled widely and is highly respected outside his native land. He has received numerous literary awards, and his poems have been translated into many languages.