Born: April 16 1979, Russia
Resides: Cividale del Friuli, Italy
E-mail: valeria (dot) di (dot) friuli (at) gmail (dot) com
Valeria Simonova-Cecon lives in Cividale del Friuli, a small and very picturesque town in Northeast Italy founded by Julius Caesar. She lives there with her haijin husband Andrea Cecon and their mongrel dog Renga. She enjoys writing haiku and renku, walking the pre-alpine hills and studying languages.
Awards and Other Honors: First place, Fifth bilingual 'Calico Cat' haiku contest; Second place, Sixth bilingual 'Calico Cat' haiku contest; Honorable Mention, First Kikakuza Haibun Contest (2009); Honorable Mention, Ito En Ooi o-cha New Haiku Contest (2009); Honorable Mention, Haiku Calendar Ludbreg (2009)
Credits: "before the storm" - Mainichi Daily News; "winter beach" - Chrysanthemum (October 2007); "across the brook" - moonset (Autumn-Winter 2008); "almost sunset" - The Heron's Nest X:4 (2008); "Summertime" - Lishanu, an interlingual haikai journal, Issue 1 (2005); "rising stars" - moonset (June 2007)