Boris Nazansky

Boris Nazansky

Born: July 16 1953 in Rijeka, Croatia
Resides: Zagreb, Croatia
E-mail: boris (dot) nazansky (at) zg (dot) t-com (dot) hr

Boris Nazansky, graduated Engineer of Chemistry, is also a writer and journalist, professionally engaged in enigmatics, and is editor-in-chief of the puzzle magazine Kvizorama. He published over ten thousand riddles and puzzles. He has been writing haiku for more than 20 years in Croatian, English, and the Kajkavian dialect, and his haiku have been published in at least a dozen languages. He is an editor of the haiku magazine IRIS, a member of the editorial board of the Slovenian haiku magazine Letni časi (Seasons), and co-editor of Haiku-zbornik (Haiku Miscellany; Ludbreg 2001-2006) and Haiku Calendar (Ludbreg, 2001-2009).

Awards and Other Honors: Work selected for William J. Higginson's Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996); Timepieces, Haiku Week at-a-glance 1997 [5th Annual Calendar Book Contest selection; final judge: James W. Hackett] (Cloverleaf Books and Haiku Headlines: Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1997); Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (1998); Third Prize, Haiku Education Association Intl. Haiku Contest (Hawaii, 1999); Calendar Spreeuwenagenda, Netherlands, 2000 - 38th week; First Prize, Anthology Haiku Competition 'AN4-2001', English language category (Novi Sad, 2001); Third Prize, Anthology Haiku Competition 'AN3-2000', Serbian language category (Novi Sad, 2000); Haiku Inspirational Award, The First International Ashiya Haiku Festa (2000); Croatian Haiku, An Anthology for the Haiku Cards Game (DHHP: Zagreb, 2000); Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2002); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2004); Joint collection, Recital of modern Croatian poetry, „Senje i meteori“ Varaždin literary society (Varaždin, 2005); World Haiku Anthology No.2; World Haiku Association (2006); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2005); First Prize, Suruga Baika / Plum Blossom (2001; ex aequo); Honorable mention, Concorso Internazionale di Poesia Haiku in Lingua Italiana, Cascina Macondo (2006); , Haiku Magazine in English 21:4 (2006); Joint collection Vrč pun latica / A Jug full of Petals, Academy of literature, Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Worth Inclusion, International Yellow Moon Haiku Competition (March 2001); Honourable Mention, Ito-En, 12th International Haiku Contest (2001); Runner-up, Ito-En, 13th International Haiku Contest (2002); First Prize, Third International Haiku Contest, Lotos magazine, classical haiku category, Valjevo, Serbia (2002); First Prize,16th haiku-festival, Odžaci, Serbia (2005); First Prize, Haiku and Music, First international haiku contest of Bulgarian haiku club (2006); World Anthology of Erotic Haiku, Alma, Belgrade, Serbia (2008); Honourable Commendation, The International Haiku Contest “One Thousand Cranes” (Romania, 2008); Among the Lilies: A White Lotus Anthology (Shadow Poetry: Excelsior Springs, MO, USA, 2008); A Special Prize English Haiku, Genkissu! Spirits Up! World Wide Hekinan Haiku Contest (2008); Honourable Mention Haiku, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2008); Second Prize, Melnik Poetry Evenings, International haiku contest, Melnik, Bulgaria (2009); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2009); First Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Haiku sequence theme: Spring (2009); First Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect category (2009); Concorso Internazionale Haiku Cascina Macondo edizione (2009); sezione individuale, Ma non a luna (114 Haiku – Antologia) (Italia, 2009); Second Prize, Melnik Poetry Evenings, International haiku contest, Bulgaria (2009); Honourable Commendation 20 haiku festival, Odžaci, Srbija (2009); Second Prize (Kajkavian dialect), 12th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina (2010); Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2010); Third Prize, 15th Annual Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2010); First Prize, Haiku Sequence, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest (2010); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2010); Commendation, Haiku Competition Odzaci, Serbia (2011); Distinguished Work Prize - 3rd Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest (2011); named as one of The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors (2010); named as one of The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors (2011); named on the Top Ten List of The World's Finest Living English-language Haiku Poets (2011); Commended, The Second Annual Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award (Osaka, Japan 2012); Third Prize, 22nd Haiku Festival Odžaci, Serbia (2012); Third Prize, 14th Slovenian contest for the best haiku, Apokalipsa, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012); Commended, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category, Croatia (2012); Commended, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect category, Croatia (2012): Commended - Special Recognition, Fujisan Haiku Competition, Kofu, Japan (2013); Commended, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category, Croatia (2013); Commended, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect category, Croatia (2013): Third Prize, 16th Haiku Day “Dubravko Ivančan”, Kajkavian dialect category, Krapina, Croatia (2014); Third Prize, Aphrodite Award for the best erotic haiku, Ludbreg Haiku Meeting, Ludbreg, Croatia (2014); Second Prize, “Oj, Delnice, grade pod Petehovcem”, theme Mountain, Delnice, Croatia (2014); Tokusen (Second Prize), 19th 'Kusamakura' International Haiku Competition (Japan 2014); Second Prize, (theme: the spring), 2nd Haiku meeting in Rovinj, (Rovinj, Croatia, 2015); Commendation, Sharpening the Green Pencil, (Romania, 2015), Fourth Edition of The Haiku Contest organized by Romanian Kukai Group; Grand Prize, The Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award (Osaka, Japan, 2015); Commendation [theme blood donation], Institute for Transfusion Medicine (Zagreb, Croatia, 2016).

Books Published: Sedam putova / Seven Ways [haiku] (Zagreb, 2000); Sedam novih putova / Seven New Ways [haiku] (Zagreb, 2003); Stišići [riddle collection in verses] (Čvor, Bjelovar, 1980); Zagonetaštvo varaždinskog kraja [monography, in co-authorship with Milan Đurić) (Čvor, Bjelovar, 1981); A što je to? [a riddle collection for the children] (Mozaik knjiga, Zagreb, 2001); Velikani u strip-anegdoti [in co-authorship with Julio Radilović-Jules] (Zagreb, 2003); Olovka i kist / Pencil and Paintbrush [haigas painted by Rudi Stopar (Slovenia); haiku by Zdravko Kurnik, Zvonko Petrovic, Julija Ivic, Dusko Matas, Boris Nazansky, Zdenko Orec, and Rudi Stopar; in Croatian, Slovenian, English and Japanese] (Zagreb, 2010); Blijesci i slijeganja [Flashes and Settlings; haiku collection in Croatian] (Vlastita naklada Đuretić, Zagreb, 2013); Pogodi, pogodi! [a riddle collection for the children] (Mozaik knjiga, Zagreb, 2013); second edition (2015); Ubiranje zvijezda / Harvesting the stars [haiku collection in Croatian and English] (Vlastita naklada Đuretić i/and Studio moderna, Zagreb, 2015); Uspavanke za pospanke  / Lullabies for Little Sleepyheads [poetry for children, picture-book] (Mozaik knjiga, Zagreb, 2015).

Selected Work
 
whitening
swaddling clothes on the balconies
the town is so young
 
in the treetop
full of the strong autumn wind
a motionless star
 
 
 
just a little twig
stemming from an old stump
casts its shadow upon it
 
the sky shimmering
yellow skate of the half moon
gliding
 
 
 
noon in the field
along with sips of water
drops of sweat
 
it's snowing again
fresh snowflakes filling
the postman's footsteps
 
 

Credits: "whitening" - William J. Higginson: Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996); "just a little twig" - First Prize, Anthology Haiku Competition 'AN4-2001', English language category (Novi Sad, 2001); "noon in the field" - Third Prize, Anthology Haiku Competition 'AN3-2000', Serbian language category (Novi Sad, 2000); "in the treetop" - Haiku Magazine in English 21:4 (2006); "the sky shimmering" - Timepieces, Haiku Week at-a-glance 1997 [5th Annual Calendar Book Contest selection; final judge: James W. Hackett] (Cloverleaf Books and Haiku Headlines: Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1997); "it's snowing again" - Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2002).

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