Ján Ondruš was born in Nová Vieska in 1932. He started to publish poetry in periodicals as an eleven-year-old boy. After graduating from the secondary school (1948 - 1951) in Nitra, he studied at the Institute of Political Sciences and Economy in Prague, but had to leave because he was ill (he suffered from tuberculosis). He subsequently worked in several places as a librarian and as accountant. His debut collection Egg (1958) was rejected by the socialist-realist magazine editors. In a bad atmosphere that surrounded his person, his health suffered a relapse and from 1961 he had been living on a disability pension. Ondruš died on November 7th 2000 in Stupava.