Saša Važić
Co-owner, co-publisher, and co-editor & chief

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Information: Saša Važić is co-owner, co-publisher, and co-editor & chief of Simply Haiku.. She’s a freelance journalist, astrologer, translator, writer of prose, poetry, essays, and book reviews. Važić authored over 1000 articles on various topics which appeared in newspapers and journals. Važić is also a member of the editorial board of Haiku Novine (Niš, Serbia), International Editor for moonset (Oregon, USA), a member of the Haiku Associtaion of Serbia and Montenegro's magazine “Osvit”, and member of the World Haiku Club and the Haiku Oz (Australia). Her haiku have been published in over ten national and international haiku anthologies and in a number of national and international haiku magazines and journals. Her haiku have been translated into English, Japanese, Chinese, Macedonian, Slovenian, Croatian, German, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Italian, Hungarian, Romanian and Greek. She is the recipient of a number of awards and commendations in contests held in her country. Other honors include in Japan (Water, Lake and Sea; Suruga Baika; Basho Festival; Ito en; Mainichi), Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Canada, the USA, France and Romania.

Largely, through her translation efforts, she’s helped to make English language haiku poetry, articles and books accessible to Balkan READERS and vice versa. Važić is the editor of the bilingual Haiku Reality at http://haikureality.theartofhaiku.com. In addition, Važić is the author of an e-book of haiku poetry entitled muddy shoes candy heart, edited by Anita Virgil and published by Peaks Press.

She has translated around 30 books of haiku poetry by Serbian and other foreign authors (into English), as well as David G Lanoue’s novels Haiku Guy and Laughing Buddha into Serbian. Važić has really been honored as a member of the Association of Literary Translators of Serbia.

She won an honorable mention for best translation in the Haiku Society of America's 2012 Kanterman Awards (for books published in 2011) with Ljubomir Dragović's book, A Narrow Road (judges: Carolyn Hall and Christopher Patchel).

Apart from haiku, Važić also writes tanka, haibun and collaborative rengay.

Some of Važić’s haiga have been published at the World Haiku Association’s website, Kuniharu Shimizu’s website: See Haiga Here, Haiku Canada Review, as well as in the Contemporary Haibun published by the Red Moon Press, USA.

Many longer poems and short stories as well as some literary articles and book reviews have also been published in a number of journals, in her country and abroad.