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Drago Štambuk

Drago Štambuk at Ryōan-ji, Kyoto, 2009

Drago Štambuk (born September 20, 1950, Selca, Island of Brač, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), physician (specializing in internal medicine, gastroenterology, hepatology, and AIDS), diplomat, and poet. Served since 1991 as Croatian ambassador to the United Kingdom, India, Egypt, Japan, Brazil, and Iran. Štambuk has published haiku collections and more than 70 books of poetry, essays, translations, and anthologies. In 2010, during his posting in Japan, he founded the English-language Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award and served as the sole judge. In 1991 in his home town of Selca, he established—and still chairs—Croatia rediviva: Ča, Kaj, Što—Heritage Days, a festival celebrating the three main literary dialects of the Croatian language. In 2020 Štambuk was serving as Croatian ambassador to Iran and was based in Tehran.

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Updated on October 3, 2020