Akito Arima announces the winner of the second IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award

Tomislav Maretić from Croatia has been announced as the winner of the second IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award for the following submission:

The rocking chair
a young pregnant woman
swings her big belly
Tomislav Maretić, Croatia

The award attracted haikus of a consistently high standard from poets representing a total of 28 countries. Most submissions arrived from Croatia, but USA, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and UK were also heavily represented. Founder and judge Dr. Drago Štambuk  hand-selected the winner with great care, along with a number of commended runners-up. The winner was announced by Akito Arima, President of the Haiku International Association on Friday April 6, 2012 at The Second Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship (LibrAsia2012).

The IAFOR Conference on Literature and Librarianship is an international and interdisciplinary conference which brings together academics and practitioners from across the world to discuss new directions of research and discovery in literature and librarianship. It is the proud annual host of the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award Ceremony.

Thanks goes to the many poets and other lovers of haiku who supported the award and haiku reading event, including Hana Fujimoto, the organisation’s Secretary, Shokan Kondo, President of the Japan Renku Association, and Ban’ya Natsuishi, President of the World Haiku Association, as well as Her Excellency Mira Martinec, Croatian Ambassador to Japan, and Hiroshi Ojima, Honorary Croatian Consul in Osaka. Special thanks goes to Akito Arima, President of the Haiku International Association for announcing the results of the award, as well as for delivering the LibrAsia2012 Keynote Address.


The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award was formed when Dr. Drago Štambuk suggested that The International Academic Forum consider launching a haiku award in memory of Vladimir Devidé.

It didn’t take much convincing. IAFOR is dedicated to the promotion of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and understanding, and Vladimir Devidé would have identified strongly with this mission, for in many ways it was also his own. He was a mathematician, a Japanologist, a translator, and a poet, who through haiku accessed another culture and built bridges between Croatia and Japan, and within Japan. After his death, those bridges continue to develop between exponents of classical and modern haiku, as the award recognises excellence regardless of whether submitted haiku are in the traditional or more modern style.

Read more about the award here.


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