Hi, welcome to the pages of writer Sanja Lovrenčić!
Sanja Lovrenčić began her literary career by publishing poetry and translations of poetry from French and English in magazines. Her first collection of poems, Insula dulcamara, came out in 1987. She has since published eight more collections of poems; her poetry has been publishde in both domestic and foreign periodicals and was translated to German, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, Romanian, Danish and French. She won the Cyclops Award in 2007 for her book The River Surely Loves the Flood. For the manuscript I am Writing from a Far-away Country she won the Tea Benčić Rimay Award for prose poetry in 2021.
Although she considers poetry the cornerstone of her literary work and her main literary activity, she has also written a number of books in prose – novels, collections of short stories and autobiographical notes. In 2007, she won the Gjalski Award for her novel In Search of Ivana.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, she closely collaborated with the Drama Programme of Croatian Radio, which performed a number of her drama texts, some of which were performed outside Croatia (in German, Hungarian, Slovak and Estonian); she twice won First Prize in anonymous public competitions of Croatian Television for original radio drama.
Part of her work is devoted to children; she has written about a dozen texts for picture books, published several collections of stories and two books of plays; for this part of her work she twice received the Grigor Vitez Award, as well as the Sheep in a Box Award.
She also translates literature from English, French and German; the translation of Virginia Woolf’s collection of short fiction A Haunted House won her the Cyclops Award in 2012.
In 2005, she launched the Reading Encouragement Programme Pick a Story!, which is being held continuously in several Croatian cities.
She is the founder, editor-in-chief and co-owner of the Mala zvona Publishing House.
Since 2014, she has also been engaged in creating ceramic artwork.
Creative writing fellowships:
H.A.L.D. , International Residency for Writers at Hald, Denmark (2014).
Art Omi, USA (2015, 2021)
Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, France (2016)
Château de Lavigny, Switzerland (2017)
Q21 MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria (2017)