• Teresa Wennberg

    Teresa Wennberg (born December 30, 1944, Stockholm, Sweden), painter, multimedia artist, writer, and poet. Cofounder of the Swedish Haiku Society in 1999. Wennberg’s haiku collection Reflections of a Gardener / En trädgårdsmästares tankar (52 Haiku) was published (in Swedish and English) in 2019. A Catalan edition of this collection, Confessions d’un jardiner, appeared in 2020. She resides in Stockholm, Sweden, and in the Pyrenées Orientales, France.

  • Kerstin Park

    Kerstin Park (born June 4, 1946, Sandviken, Sweden), speech therapist, writer, and haiku poet. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics, phonetics, and psychology. Her haiku (in English and Swedish) have been published in journals such as Acorn , Blåeld , Chrysanthemum , Failed Haiku, Frogpond , hedgerow, Prune Juice, and included in anthologies: Genom lövverket (2017; Through the Foliage) , En fjäril lyfter från sin skugga (2019; A Butterfly Lifts from Its Shadow), and All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019). Park was ginkō leader at the 2019 Fringe International Arts Festival, Tranås, Sweden. Her haiku collection Längs vägen, världen— 72 haiku (Along the Road, the World: 72 Haiku) was published in 2020. She resides in Äsperöd, Sweden.

  • Stjepan Rožić

    Stjepan Rožić (born November 19, 1946, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. A retired electrician, he worked at the Zagreb-based oil and natural gas company INA Naftaplin. He was a founder of the annual Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Meetings (2003–2013) and the Three Rivers Haiku Association in Ivanić-Grad (2006) and has served as the president of the latter since 2015. He has published three haiku collections and coauthored three others, and his work has been chosen for several anthologies. Rožić is in demand as a judge for haiku and senryu in standard Croatian and the Kajkavian dialect. In 2011, he was elected to the Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets and was designated one of the European Top 100 most creative authors. Lives in Ivanić-Grad, Croatia.

  • Boris Nazansky

    Boris Nazansky (born July 16, 1953, Rijeka, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. Graduate engineer in chemistry, entrepreneur, and chief editor of the puzzle magazine Kvizorama. He publishes poetry, short stories, and picture books and serves as coeditor of the annual Ludbreg Haiku Miscellany and chief editor of the annual Haiku Calendar/Rokovnik (2001–2008). Nazansky was on the editorial staff of Haiku magazine in 2003–2004, of Iris since 2008, and of both volumes of the anthology Nepokošeno nebo / An Unmown Sky (2011 and 2018). He has authored two independent haiku collections, coauthored three others, and received 96 awards. With Mirko Varga, he compiled the anthology Grana koja se njiše (A Swaying Bough). Nazansky lives in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Marinko Kovačević

    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.

  • Duško Matas

    Duško Matas (born March 8, 1933, Kaštel Stari, near Split, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. Now retired as a psychiatrist and court expert, he worked at the Policlinic for Traffic Medicine in Zagreb. An award-winning and anthologized author, he has published three collections of his own haiku and coauthored several others. Matas served on the editorial staff of the Association of Croatian Haiku Poets, of Haiku Magazine in 2003–2004, and of the anthology Nepokošeno nebo / An Unmown Sky in 2011. He has judged competitions for haiku in standard Croatian and the Chakavian dialect. In 2009, he was honored by election to the Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets. He lives in Zagreb.

  • Nina Kovačić

    Nina Kovačić (born Nina Ružička, June 7, 1962, Pula, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. She graduated from the Physics Faculty in Zagreb and works as a geophysics data processing expert at the oil and natural gas company INA Naftaplin; she is a member of Croatian Geological Society. Kovačić writes poetry and has published two haiku collections. She is active in national and international haiku contests, and her work appears in anthologies. She serves on the editorial staff of Iris magazine. She is also a Croatian and Balkans badminton champion and umpire. She lives in Zagreb.

  • Željko Funda

    Željko Funda (born September 23, 1950, Varaždin, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian secondary-school teacher and haiku poet. He holds a degree in comparative literature and English from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He worked as a teacher at the First Gymnasium, Varaždin, and is now retired. With Zvonko Petrović and Vladimir Devidé, he founded Haiku, A Magazine for Haiku, and served on its editorial board from 1977 to 1981. In 2003 he founded and still sponsors the annual Graševina Award and Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets. He coedited the Ludbreg Haiku Miscellany series from 2009 to 2016. Besides haiku, his award-winning publications include poetry, short stories, and novels in standard Croatian and the Kajkavian dialect. Funda lives in Varaždin.

  • Tomislav Maretić

    Tomislav Maretić (born March 3, 1951, Zagreb, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. A retired physician, he worked at the Zagreb University Hospital for Infectious Diseases and the County Hospital in Čakovec. He was coeditor of the Darko Plažanin Samobor Haiku Miscellany series and served on the editorial staff of Iris. He has received 94 awards for his haiku, and his work is often anthologized and included in international anthologies. Maretić was named one of the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors each year from 2011 to 2019, and he was awarded the Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets in 2016. He has published four independent haiku collections and a book of renga with Zvonko Petrović and Vladimir Devidé. He lives in Zagreb.

  • Haiku in Croatia

    Croatia boasts one of the largest and most active haiku communities of any nation in the world. Poets from republics of the former Yugoslav federation (Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro) first encountered haiku in the period between the world wars. Books of translations of Japanese verse appeared in the 1950s, and at the end of that decade the first experiments of haiku written in Croatian began to be published. It was in the 1980s, however, especially after Croatia’s declaration of independence in 1991 and the breakup of Yugoslavia, that interest in haiku truly burgeoned. In rapid succession, the nation saw the creation of haiku groups in Samobor, Zagreb, and several other cities and a flood of journals, chapbooks, longer individual collections, and haiku anthologies. The phenomena of the Internet and the World Wide Web helped catalyze the presence and success of Croatian haiku on the world stage, particularly in international haiku contests.