Serge Pey's parents were among the wave of Spanish Republicans who fled to France and were interned by the French after their defeat in the Civil War. This background haunts the "tales of childhood and war" collected in The Treasure of the Spanish Civil War. Pey was born in Toulouse in 1950 and teaches modern poetry there today. He is a prolific writer and performance artist who travels widely with his "action poetry." In 2017 he was the recipient of the prestigious Grand Prix de Poésie of the French Société des Gens de Lettres.