Neda Miranda Blažević-Krietzman

Neda Miranda Blažević-Krietzman was born in Gračac, Croatia, in 1951. She grew up in Zagreb. She graduated in comparative literature and sociology from the Liberal Arts College in Zagreb. She worked as a manager of Radio Zagreb educational programs from 1981 to 1989. Her first collection of poems Zebra Across St. Ruk was published by Matica hrvatska in 1976. She started to pursue painting actively in 1981, and photography in 1999. She perfected her painting skills in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, West Berlin. From 1991 to 2007 she lived in Minneapolis in the United States, lecturing comparative literature and interdisciplinary studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul-Minneapolis. From 2007 she has been living and working in San Diego, California, and Zagreb. She won numerous awards and recognitions, among which the Certificate of Excellence for Poetry in 2008, Denny Prize, Distinction in writing in 2005, Special Award for Photography, Washington D.C. in 2004, Sedam sekretara SKOJ-a Award for collected stories entitled Razglednica (The Postcard) in 1979, Tin Ujević Award for the collection of poems entitled Vezuvska vrata (The Door of Vesuvius) in 2011. Her poems, essays and stories were published in many magazines and anthologies in Croatia, Germany, France, Italy and the United States. Her works include Chagallov rođendan (Chagall's birthday, 1988), Her paintings and photographs, sculptures and installations were exhibited in Zagreb, Hvar, Berlin, St. Paul-Minneapolis, New York and San Diego.