Born in 1948 in Zagreb. English teacher, translator, inventor,
democracy activist, poet. Has lived in Croatia, Slovenia, England,
Poland, Iran and Japan. Published newspaper and magazine articles,
children's stories, photography, poetry, haiku. Editor of the
«Haiku» magazine, a founder (1997) and the president
of the Association of Croatian Haiku Poets. Edited and translated
a national haiku anthology, several haiku collections of Croatian
haiku poets; a 6-volume series, The Culture of Japan.
Two own books of poetry Seasons of the Eclipse, Tied
to the Steeple; two haiku books forthcoming: Islands
(bi-lingual), A Day in the Summer of St Euphemia (tri-lingual).
involved with haiku when in Japan, 1980 1991. Has received a
good number of international prizes (Timepieces, Itoen, The BHS
J.W. Hackett Award, The New Zealand Poetry Society Competition,
The Hawaii Haiku Competition, etc) and has had her haiku published
in world haiku anthologies
and collections, as well as magazines and newspapers home and
the purpose of teaching haiku to children, she has produced a
game named Haiku Cards. She has established the value of therapeutic
effects of haiku on children affected by war trauma.
Vi°nja has been organizing Japanese festivals and
events (Girls' Festival, Boys' Festival, Tanabata) in Croatia
for the past 11 years; she is the founder of the Children's Haiku
Festival, a yearly children's haiku competition.
over a decade now, Vi°nja has joined forces with her teacher
and closest haiku friend Vladimir Devidé:
the two can be said to be the most dedicated promoters
of haiku and Japanese culture in Croatia.