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The poet Māris Salējs was born Marians Rižijs in Riga in 1971. He received a Master’s degree in Textile Arts from the Latvian Academy of Art in 1999 and a Master’s degree in library arts and information sciences from the University of Latvia’s Social Sciences Department in 2005. He is currently studying in the philology doctoral program at the University of Latvia. From 2000 to 2006, Salējs worked at the Latvian Academy of Culture’s Library. Since 2006, he has worked as an assistant in the Literary Theory Department at the University of Latvia’s Literature, Folklore, and Art Institute. Salējs has been the editor of the literary journal “Luna” since 1999. He has translated the works of Polish poets Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski, Julian Tuwim, Jozef Czechowicz, in addition to poetry by other Polish modernists and postmodernists. He has also translated works by contemporary Ukrainian and Macedonian poets and Latvia’s young Russian poets. Salējs has received the Latvian Ministry of Culture Stipend (1998) and the Anna Dagda Award (2001).