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Stjepan Rožić

Stjepan Rožić

Born: November 19 1946 in Ivanić Grad, Croatia
Resides: Ivanić Grad, Croatia
E-mail: stef (dot) rozic (at) gmail (dot) com

Stjepan Rožić, now a retired electrician, is an amateur musician and is among the founders of the Haiku Association Three Rivers, Ivanić Grad, Croatia, and the International Kloštar Ivanić Haiku meetings. He writes in Croatian and the Kajkavian Dialect, publishes in haiku magazines, and has received a number of awards in Croatia and Japan.

Awards and Other Honors: Second Prize (Tokusen), En, International Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan (1997); Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Kumamoto Japan (1999); Chosen Haiku, The 2nd Mainichi Haiku Contest, Japan (1997); Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku competition, Kumamoto, Japan (2000); Commendation, New Zealand Poetry Society's International Poetry Competition (2001); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić - Croatian language (2003); Commendation, 8th Mainichi Haiku Contest, Japan (2004); First Prize, 6th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina - Kajkavian Dialect (2004); Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Kumamoto Japan (2005); First Prize, 9th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina - Croatian language (2007); Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Kumamoto , Japan (2008); Second Prize, 13th Mainichi Haiku Contest, Japan (2009); Selected haiku by David Burleigh, KŌ Haiku Magazine in English 24:4; 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); Runner-up, Second Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge (2010); Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2010); Honorable Mention, 14th Mainichi Haiku Contest, Japan (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); Second Prize, 15th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2011); named as one of The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2011; The Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets (2011); First Prize, 15th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina – kajkavian dialect (2013); Prize Winner, The 15th HIA Haiku Contest (2013); Second Award, English section, Journal of Romanian-Japanese Cultural Interferences Haiku Contest (2014); First Prize (theme: the sea), 2nd Haiku meeting in Rovinj, (Rovinj, Croatia, 2015); Commendation [theme light], “A Little Haiku Contest” by magazine Iris (Croatia, 2016); Honorable Mention (for senryu), The International Matsuo Bashō Award, 4th Edition, organized by The Italian Haiku Association (2016).

Books Published: Sedam prozora/Seven Windows („Agapa“ Kloštar Ivanić, 2002) [a joint collection of seven haiku poets from Ivanić Grad]; Zbornik Književnog, likovnog i fotogragskog stvaralaštva INE (Library INA, Zagreb, 2002) [a joint collection of INA's employees – painters, poets, writers and photographers]; Sedam novih putova/Seven New Ways (Duško Matas, Zagreb, 2003) [a joint collection of the work of seven haijin, edited by Duško Matas]; Proljetni vjetar/Spring Wind [in Croatian and English] (“Insula Ivanich“ d.o.o. Kloštar Ivanić, 2005); Biglisanje/Song of a Nightingale [haiku] (Otok Ivanić, Kloštar Ivanić 2010); Svraka na snijegu / A Magpie in the Snow [in Croatian and English, partly Kajkavian dialect] (self-published, Ivanić-Grad, 2016).

Selected Work
 
chopped wood
a sparrow takes a rest
on the ax-handle
 
suddenly a wind
carrying a snowy cloud from
the blossoming cherry tree
 
 
 
the summer silence:
on the bough above water
a dragonfly at rest
 
blackboard of the night
waiting for the summer sounds
to be written down
 
 
 
on the road through the village
galloping horses pull
a cloud of dust
 
with his brush, a painter
moves a flowery meadow
onto the canvas
 
 

Credits: "chopped wood" – Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić - Croatian language (2003); "the summer silence" – Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Kumamoto Japan (1999); "on the road through the village" – First Prize, 9th Haiku Day Dubravko Ivančan, Krapina 2007 Croatian language (2007); "suddenly a wind" – Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku competition, Kumamoto, Japan (2000); "blackboard of the night" – Second Prize (Tokusen), En, International Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan (1997), Gwiazda za Gwiazda, Antologija Haiku Europejskiego, Krakow, Poland (2005); "with his brush, a painter" - Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku competition, Kumamoto, Japan (2000).

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