Ana Brnardić (1980, Croatia) was born in Zagreb. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Croatian Language and Literature (University of Zagreb) and an M.A. in Music (violin; Music Academy in Zagreb). She has published four collections of poems. Some Sage’s Pencil (1998) received the Goran Award for Young Poets and the Slavić Award, which is given out by the Croatian Writers' Association for the best debut poetry collection in 1999. In 2005 her Waltzing Snakes received the Kvirin Award for young poets. The Genesis of Birds came out in 2009 and was followed by selected poems in Romanian Hotel cu muzicieni. Her new collection of poems, Uphill (Uzbrdo), was published in Zagreb in April 2015.
Ana Brnardić is coming to Days of Poetry and Wine through European poetry platform Versopolis.
Ivan Šamija (1976) has published two poetry collections: Kupolenebo (2003) – later republished as an e-edition (2006) – and Projekt Poljska (2014), in which he turned to the prose poem form. He is a member of the cultural NGO Brutal, within which he is taking part in the organization of the Brutal International Poetry Festival that annually hosts – mostly European – young poets in Zagreb. His poetry has been published in various magazines in Croatia and beyond, as well as translated into a couple of foreign languages. A scientist by vocation, he works as a molecular biologist. He lives in Zagreb.
Born in 1947. He graduated in History of Arts and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts of the Zagreb University, where he is now Head of the Modern Art and Visual Communications Department. His first book of poems, published in 1968, received the A. B. Šimić Foundation Award. He has written the following collections of poetry: Komete, komete (Comets, comets, 1978), Činjenice (Facts, 1983), Strah (Fear, 1985), Ime (Name, 1987), Točka bijega (Vanishing Point, 1990), Prah (Dust, 1992), Veliki predjeli, kratke sjene (Wide Spaces, Short Shadows, collected poems, 2000), Međuvrijeme (Meantime, 2005). In 2001, he was awarded the coveted Goranov vijenac (Goran's Wreath), a national award for lifetime achievement in poetry. Zvonko Maković has also published five books of essays, as well as his selected editorials and feuilletons and a dozen monographs devoted to contemporary art. Maković has also curated numerous art exhibitions.