Dionysis Kapsalis was born in Athens in 1952. He studied Classics and English in the United States and Neo-Greek Studies in London, where he also taught as a lecturer for two years. From 1999 to 2021, he was director of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece. Since 1978, Kapsalis has published twenty-three poetry collections, ten volumes of essays, and translations of 25 Shakespeare’s sonnets, selected poems by Emily Dickinson and Coleridge, haikus by Issa and Bashō, and Wilhelm Müller’s Winterreise and Heinrich Heine’s Eros, among others. He has also translated Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Greek State Grand Prize for Literature in 2017.