Ivica Prtenjača was born in Rijeka in 1969, where he graduated with a degree in Croatian language and literature. He writes poetry, prose and drama. His poetry has been translated into fifteen languages, among them into English, French, Swedish, Italian, Slovenian, Hungarian, German, Bulgarian and Macedonian. He participated in more than twenty European poetry festivals. Chair of the board for poetry events at the Goran’s Spring Festival, editor, promoter and spokesperson for publishers, freelance writer and columnist, author and presenter of radio programs “My Choice”, Prtenjača has been an active part of the Croatian cultural scene since 1998. He lives and works in Zagreb.
Other works: Writing Liberates / Pisanje oslobađa, 1999; Yves, 2001; Nobody Speaks Croatian / Nitko ne govori hrvatski (with Branko Čegec and Miroslav Mićanović), 2002; Take Everything that Makes you Calm / Uzimaj sve što te smiruje, 2006; It is Good, It is Nice / Dobro je, lijepo je, 2006; Cruelty / Okrutnost, 2010 At Yves: 12 Stories and 84 Recipes from Prtenjača’s Literary Cuisine / Kod Yvesa: 12 priča i 84 recepta iz Prtenjačine književne kuhinje, 2011
Awards, selection: Prize for literature at the 25th Salon of Young Artists in Zagreb, 1998; Prize for the best book of poetry at the 5th Kvirin΄s Meetings, 2001; The Kiklop Award for the best book of poetry, 2006; The Dobriša Cesarić Award for best unpublished book of poetry, 2009; The Risto Ratković Award for poetry, Monetenegro, 2010