Marinko Kovačević (born April 21, 1940, Poličnik, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian schoolteacher and haiku poet, graduated from the Pedagogical Academy in Rijeka and studied Croatian language, literature, and philosophy at the Faculty of Arts in Zadar. Now retired, he worked at the I. G. Kovačić Grammar School in Severin na Kupi, Croatia. He has published three haiku collections. The Miner’s Lamp, a section of his Predan putu / Committed to the Road, was translated into French by Patrick Blanche and published as Lampe de mineur by the Association Française de Haïku. Otsuka Masahiko translated a large part of this book into Japanese and published it as The Miner’s Lamp in the magazine Ginyu. Kovačević lives in Praputnjak, Croatia.