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Božena Zernec

Božena Zernec

Born: 1943 in Žutnica near Krapina, Croatia
Resides: Krapina, Croatia
E-mail: dvrozic (at) optinet (dot) hr

A retired fashion designer, educated in fine arts, Božena Zernec writes poetry, and designs and produces traditional souvenirs representing the past times of Krapina and Hrvatsko Zagorje, for which she has received numerous awards and commendations. She has published haiku in Croatian and the Kajkavian dialect since 2003.

Awards and Other Honors: Second Prize, Haiku Day, “Dubravko Ivančan”, Croatian language category, Krapina (2004); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić, Croatian language category (2004); Best Haiku, The 40th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting, Japan (2006); First Prize, Haiku Day “Dubravko Ivančan”, Croatian language category, Krapina (2006); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2007); Haiku Award, Kumamoto "City of Artesian Waters" International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2008); Haiku selected to appear in Among the Lilies, A White Lotus Anthology (Shadow Poetry: USA, 2008); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect (2008); Commendation, 5th International Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest in English (2008); Third Prize, Haiku Day “Dubravko Ivančan”, Kajkavian dialect category, Krapina (2008); Selected haiku, The International Haiku Contest “One Thousand Cranes”, Iasi, Romania (2008); Honourable Mention, 13th Mainichi Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Second Prize, Haiku Day “Dubravko Ivančan”, Croatian language category, Krapina (2009); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2009); Commendation for haiku sequence, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect category (2009); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2009); Honourable Mention, 14th Mainichi Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan (2010); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2010); Award, IRIS No 5/6 - A little Haiku Contest: “2010 – International Year for Rapprochement of Cultures”, Ivanić Grad (2010); Named one of the top 100 European haiku poets by haiku.forum.pl.; Runner Up, 2nd Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge Chapbbok, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA (2011); Second Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2011); Commendation for the haiku sequence, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect (2011); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Kajkavian dialect category (2012); Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2012); Honourable Mention, Summer Haiku, Diogen pro culture magazine, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012); Honourable Mention, 17th Mainichi Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan (2013); Honourable Mention, Spring Haiku, Diogen pro culture magazine, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013); Commendation, “Sharpening the Green Pencil”, The Fourth Haiku Contest, Bucharest, Romania (2015); Commendation, Pumpkin Festival Haiku Contest (Ivanić-Grad, Croatia, 2015); Honorable Mention (for haiku), The International Matsuo Bashō Award,4th Edition, organized by The Italian Haiku Association (2016).

Books Published: GLE! / LOOK! Haiku poetry in Croatian and English (Pučko otvoreno učilište Krapina: Krapina, 2005); Šaran u oblacima / Krap h oblakima / A Carp Among the Clouds [Haiku poetry in Croatian, Kajkavian dialect, and English] (Matis d.o.o.: Pregrada, 2007); Zlato na tanjuru / Gold on your Plate [a book of recipes – dishes made from corn] (Krapina, 2008).

Selected Work
 
a bombed roof
patched with a piece
of starry sky
 
moonlight
tiny waves sway thick walls
of the castle
 
 
 
whistling
the wind turns a snowy
merry-go-round
 
a castle on the shore.
around centennial walls
sliding carps
 
 
 
around the mulberry tree
a boy catching chickens
with purple legs
 
under the eaves
on the harp made of ice
muses the Sun
 
 

Credits: "a bombed roof" - Best Haiku, The 40th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting (2006); "whistling" - Mainichi Daily News, Haiku in English (2008); "around the mulberry tree" – Commendation, Kloštar Ivanić, Croatian Language category (2009); "moonlight" - Among the Lilies, A White Lotus Anthology (Shadow Poetry: USA, 2008); "a castle on the shore" - 22:10 (2008); "under the eaves" - First Prize, 8th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina (2006); A Carp Among the Clouds: Haiku Poetry (Matis d.o.o.: Pregrada, 2007).

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