Đurđa (Djurdja) Vukelić-Roić
Born: April 06 1956 in Vidrenjak, Croatia
Resides: Ivanic Grad, Croatia
E-mail: dvrozic (at) gmail (dot) com
Djurdja Vukelić-Roić is a writer and translator who publishes haiku, poetry, stories and humorous sketches in Croatian, Kajkavian and English. She has published 25 books altogether. She is editor-in chief of the haiku magazine IRIS and IRIS International [www.tri-rijeke-haiku.hr] and secretary of the Haiku Association "Three Rivers" in Ivanić Grad, Croatia. She has translated numerous independent and joint haiku collections into English and organized a number of domestic and international haiku contests. Her work appears in a number of joint collections, journals, web-magazines and post-contest anthologies in Croatia and abroad.
Awards and Other Honors: Chosen Haiku, The 33th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting Competition,(Kyoto, 1999); Award, Ashiya Haiku Festival (Japan 2001); Commendment, stillAutumn Award Competition (London, 2001); Commendment, World Haiku Club, R. H. Blyth Award (2002); Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (Kumamoto, Japan, 2004); First Place, World Haiku Association Kukai (September 2005); Third Prize, Romanian Haiku Society Haiku Competition, Haiku in traditional form, Greieri şi crizanteme, Haiku Antologie Internaţională, Editura Orion, Bucureşti [Editor: Valentin Nicoliţov] (2007); Second Prize, Haiku and Music, International contest of Bulgarian Haiku Club (2007); One thousand cranes, The International Haiku Contest, The 13th edition of the international Origimi Peace Tree (Romania, 2008); First Prize, senryu contest, moonset 5:1 (2009); Prize, Genkissu! Spirits Up! World Wide Hekinan Haiku Contest (Japan, 2009); First Prize, 10th Day Dubravko Ivancan, Krapina, Croatia (2008); inclusion in Világ Haiku Fesztival/World Haiku Festival Pécs 2010 [an anthology of haiku by the 31 delegates who attended the festival in Pecs, Hungary] (Magyar-Japán Baráti Társaság Pécs, 2010); Runner-up, Second Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge (2010); Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2010); named one of the top 100 European haiku poets by haiku.forum.pl. Second Prize, Annual Haiku Contest by the Journal of the Romanian-Japanese cultural interferences HAIKU (Bucharest, Romania, 2011); work included on the Haiku Society of America's "Haiku Wall" at the Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon (June 3-5, 2011); named as one of The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2011; Commended, The Second Annual Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award (Osaka, Japan 2012); one of the books she edited, Nepokošeno nebo / An Unmown Sky, Antologija hrvatskoga haiku pjesnistva / An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry 1996-2007, won The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Distinguished Book Award (2012); Award Graševina [among finest Croation wines] by eljko Funda (Ludbreg 2012); The Zagreb County Award for contribution to reputation and promotion of the Zagreb County in Croatia and the world (2012); Second Prize, The Haiku Contest organized by the Romanian Kukai Group, Sharpening the Green Pencil (2013); Third Prize and Honorable Mention, the National Space Society of North Texas/Fort Worth Haiku Society poetry contest (2013); 1st Prize, Rangitawa Publishing Haiku and Humor contest 2013, New Zealand; First Prize, "Fleeting Words" Waka/Tanka Competition, cattails (United Haiku and Tanka Society, 2014); First Prize, The 5th Kokako International Tanka Competition (New Zealand, 2015); Commendation, (theme: the sea), 2nd Haiku meeting in Rovinj, (Rovinj, Croatia, 2015); First Award, Revista HAIKU, edition (Romania, 2016); Honorable Mention (for senryu), The International Matsuo Bashō Award, 4th Edition, organized by The Italian Haiku Association (2016); Commendation, IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, (Japan 2017); Runner up, NKH Television, Haiku Masters Haiga Gallery (Japan 4/2017); Second Prize, Nature in the Eye haiku competition (Montenegro, 2017): Runner up, NKH Television, Haiku Masters Haiga Gallery (Japan 7/2017); Runner up, Third International Haiku Contest "Cherry Blossom" (Bulgaria, 2017); Commendation, Revista Haiku Contest (Romania, 2017); Commendation, Apokalipsa Haiku Contest (Slovenia, 2017); Second prize, Revista Haiku Contest (Romania, 2018); Haiku of Merit, World Haiku Review, Shintai haiku, (WHC, 2018); First prize, "Afrodita" award for erotic haiku, (Croatia, 2018).
Books Published: Jabuka / An Apple, haiku, joint collection Sedam prozora/Seven Windows, Agapa, doo, Kloštar Ivanić (2002); Malo ulijevo, malo udesno ("Insulla Ivanich" doo Kloštar Ivanić [Croatian], 2005); Zapravo.../Actually... ("Insulla Ivanich" doo Kloštar Ivanić [Croatian and English], 2005); Moze a ne mora (Obrt "Otok Ivanić" Kloštar Ivanić [Croatian]. 2007); Hvatajući oblake/Chasing the Clouds ("Insulla Ivanich" doo Kloštar Ivanić [haiku: Croatian, English and the Kajkavian dialect] 2005). Editor-in-chief, Nepokošeno nebo: Antologija hrvatskoga haiku pjesnistva / An Unmown Sky: An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry 1996-2007 [Winner of The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Distinguished Book Award (2012)]; Od ljepote boli me noćno nebo - It Hurts Me, This Beauty of the Night Sky ["Venerus", Rijeka, [Poetry, Croatian] (2011); Raščehal je veter oblake - ["Venerus", Rijeka [poetry: kajkavian dialect] 2012); Fuj, ti si normalan! - Phew,You Are Normal! ["Venerus", Rijeka [humorous sketches inCroatian] (2012); Naizgled maleni / Seemingly Small ["Venerus", Rijeka [aphorisms: Croatian and English] (2012); Hodajući unatraške / Walking Backwards [Self published, Ivanić Grad; Thoughts and aphorisms: Croatian and English] (2013); Gospar konj / The Master Horse [Diogenova mala svjetska haiku antologija o konju / Diogen A Little World Anthology of Haiku Poetry About Horse] (Einhorn Verlag, Switzerland, 2013) [Sabrala, uredila i prevela / Collected, edited and translated by Đurđa Vukelić-Roić; http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/622315]; Vrludanja s najadama / Wandering with Nymphs [Self published, Ivanić Grad; Thoughts and aphorisms: Croatian and English] (2013); Od pećine do grada / From a Cave to the Town [Self published, Ivanić Grad; Thoughts and aphorisms: Croatian and English] (2013); Tiha glazba / Silent Music - Self published, Ivanić Grad; [haiku: Croatian and English (2015) ]; Čiji je ovo planet?/ Whose is this Planet? - Self published, Ivanić Grad; [senryu: Croatian and English (2015) ]; Pogled na Otrantska vrata / A Gaze at the Strait of Otranto - self published, Ivanić Grad; [tanka: Croatian and English], (2015); Zvijezda vodilja / Leading Star - Haiku Association "Three Rivers", Ivanić Grad; [collected texts to the memory of Vladimir Devidé, Croatian foremost haiku poet and Japanologist] (2015); Pod krilom rode / Under the Wing of a White Stork [haiku: Croatian and English] (JU Zeleni prsten Zagrebačke upanije, Zagreb 2015); KABOCHA- Haiku Association "Three Rivers", Ivanić Grad; [awards and choice of haiku from the contests on theme Gourd, 2014-2016 [haiku: Croatian and English] (2016); Polski put / A Country Lane, self published; Ivanić-Grad [haiku: Kajkavian dialect, Croatian and English] (2016); I onda, kak sad to (And now, how's that?), collection of stories in Kajkavian language, self-published, 2017; Sepia vrapci / Sepia Sparrows, collection of haiku and senryu, self-published, 2017.
Credits: "open windows" - From One Sky to Another [Haiku anthology of the European Union, Association francaise de haiku (2006); "forest clearing" - Prize, Genkissu! Spirits Up! World Wide Hekinan Haiku Contest, English haiku (2009); "city back street" - Magnapoets 4 ( 2009); "this summer rain" - Mainichi Daily News (August 2004); "plum orchard under the snow" - First Prize, 10th Day Dubravko Ivancan, Krapina, Croatia; "the Sun jumping" - Award, Ashiya Haiku Festival (Japan 2001)