|Born||21 October 1931|
Maribor, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia)
|Died||7 November 2014 (aged 83)|
|Occupation||poet, writer, journalist|
|Notable works||Pesmi ?tirih, Ogenjvoda, Labrador, Ne bog ne ?ival, Moj prijatelj Piki Jakob, Ma?ek Muri|
|Notable awards||Pre?eren Award |
1978 for his poetry collection Labrador
1993 for his poetry collection Sibirski cirkus
Kajetan Kovi? (21 October 1931 - 7 November 2014) was a Slovene poet, writer, translator, and journalist.
Kovi? was born in Maribor in 1931 and spent his childhood in the small town of Polj?ane and Hrastje-Mota near Radenci in eastern Slovenia. He graduated from high school in Maribor and received a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from the University of Ljubljana in 1956. He died on 7 November 2014.
Kovi? started writing poetry in high school, and he published his first poetry in 1948. He was best known for his poems and he wrote several bestselling children's books. Kovi? also wrote political poetry, such as a poem in honor of Josip Broz Tito. He established himself as a translator of German, French, Czech, Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian, and Russian poetry into Slovene. He also translated the poems that France Pre?eren wrote in German into Slovene.
Kovi? won the Pre?eren Foundation Award in 1967 for his poetry collection Ogenjvoda and the Grand Pre?eren Award in 1978 for his poetry collection Labrador. In 1995 he was made a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.