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Željka Vučinić-Jambrešić

Željka Vučinić-Jambrešić

Born: 1959 in Zagreb, Croatia
Resides: Ivanić Grad, Croatia
E-mail: zeljka (at) ivaplin (dot) hr

Željka graduated from the Faculty of Economy, Zagreb and works as a financial director. She is the president of folk dance Assembly Insula Ivanich, and Haiku Association "Three Rivers" both in Ivanić Grad. Haiku she has published since 2004 (in KO, moonset, IRIS) received a number of awards in Croatia and abroad.

Awards and Other Honors: Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2005); Award winning haiku, Eighth Annual Suruga Baika Literary Festival (2006); Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2006); Honourable Mention. 10th Mainichi Haiku Competition (2006); First Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2006); Commendation, Haiku and Music, International contest of Bulgarian Haiku Club (2006); Honourable Mention, 11th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2007); Third Prize, The 13th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2008); First Prize (Croatian language), 10th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina (2008); Selected haiku (by Koko Kato), Basho Festival Haiku Contest (2009); Honourable Mention, The 11th HIA Haiku Contest (2009); Honourable Mention, 13th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2009); Honourable Mention, The 20th Ito-En "Oh i ocha" New Haiku Contest (2009); First Prize (Kajkavian dialect), 12th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina (2010); inclusion in VILÁG HAIKU FESZTIVAL/WORLD HAIKU FESTIVAL PÉCS 2010 [an anthology of haiku by the 31 delegates who attended the festival in Pecs, Hungary] (Magyar-Japán Baráti Társaság Pécs, 2010); Selected haiku, Basho Haiku Festival, Iga City, Japan (2010); Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2010); named one of the top 100 European haiku poets by haiku.forum.pl; work included on the Haiku Society of America's "Haiku Wall" at the Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon (June 3-5, 2011); Honourable Mention, 15th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2011).

Books Published: Od sunca do mjeseca / From the Sun to the Moon [in Croatian, English, and Japanese] (Ivanić Grad, 2009); Povezani kišom / Linked with the Rain [In Croatian, English and French] (Ivanić-Grad, 2015).

Selected Work
 
a frog
lifts the pond
on its legs
 
even darker dusk.
frog’s eyes disappearing
into a still marsh.
 
 
 
horses on the pasture
the grass and mane showing
the wind’s direction
 
morning at pasture
with the horns a cow jabs
dense fog
 
 
 
into their hearts
hiding a little Sun
each daisy
 
calm of the country
chips of the full Moon
in the horse's eye
 
 

Credits: "a frog" - Among the Lilies, A White Lotus Anthology (Shadow Poetry, Excelsior Springs, MO, USA, 2008); Od sunca do mjeseca / From the Sun to the Moon [in Croatian, English, and Japanese] (Ivanić Grad 2009); "horses on the pasture" – Selected haiku (by Koko Kato), Basho Festival Haiku Contest (2009); "into their hearts" – Award, Suruga Baika Literary Festival (2006); Honourable Mention, The 11th HIA Haiku Contest (2009); Od sunca do mjeseca / From the Sun to the Moon [in Croatian, English, and Japanese] (Ivanić Grad 2009); "even darker dusk" - Honourable Mention, 13th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2009); "morning at pasture" - – First Prize (Croatian language), 11th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina (2009); "calm of the country" - Honourable Mention, 11th Mainichi Haiku Competition (2007); Od sunca do mjeseca / From the Sun to the Moon [in Croatian, English, and Japanese] (Ivanić Grad 2009).

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